County Exec. says he'll work with Farm Road Residents

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  • SANDY SPRING, Md. (WUSA9) -- The Montgomery County County Executive has released a statement on the Old Farm Road property battle in Sandy Spring.

    Friday, the Montgomery County Planning Board finally gave 11 African American families addresses, but it's still not guaranteeing they can get to them. The land has been with these families for generations. A group of Quaker abolitionists gave it to freed slaves. But about six years ago, the road that led to their land disappeared from county maps.

    Now 11 of them have addresses, but still no road.

    Monday, County Executive Ike Leggett releasd the following statement:

    "I am pleased that the property owners along Old Farm Road have prevailed in their long quest to obtain addresses. Many of them who own land in this African American community have had to put their lives on hold and seen their plans to build homes upended simply because they were unable to secure addresses along the road that has served their properties since the late 1800s.

    "I am committed to working with all the property owners along Old Farm Road and want to assure them that that the County will assist them in their efforts to move forward. We will be meeting with members of the community over the next few weeks to outline the methodology for moving ahead.

    "I also want to thank Delegate Aisha Braveboy, chair of the Legislative Black Caucus of Maryland, Councilmember Marc Elrich, Council President Nancy Navarro, and Senator Karen Montgomery, who joined me in advocating for these residents to obtain addresses."


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