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After years of dispute and delay, work on Clarksburg to resume

Montgomery County, developer reach deal to complete sidewalks, landscaping and other infrastructure.

Clarksburg, Md., in July 2013. Some 20 years after its conception, Clarksburg's promise as a neo-urban, pedestrian-friendly village remains unfulfilled. (Katherine Frey/The Washington Post)

Montgomery County and the original developer of Clarksburg have reached a settlement to complete sidewalks, landscaping and other infrastructure that has languished for years in legal disputes surrounding the northern Montgomery community.

County officials said that the agreement calls for the Newland Co. to finish $7.5 million in road, sidewalk and storm water management facilities at Murphy’s Grove Pond in Clarksburg Town Center by the end of 2015.

The work fell into limbo after residents discovered in 2005 that Newland had violated height and setback rules in building townhouses. Newland sued the county and sold most of its interest in the Town Center to Elm Street Development. Elm Street is expected to build the retail portion of the Town Center, long promised to residents as a hub of what was supposed to be a walkable suburban community.

“This settlement gets this work moving at last,” County Executive Isiah Leggett said in a statement. “It defines specifically what is to be done and when it must be done. Clarksburg deserves nothing less.”

Bill Turque, who covers Montgomery County government and politics, has spent more than thirty years as a reporter and editor for The Washington Post, Newsweek, the Dallas Times Herald and The Kansas City Star.

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