Oakdale Elementary School

Oakdale Elementary School.

The Frederick County Board of Education on Wednesday unanimously approved the sale of a small portion of property at Oakdale Elementary School to a developer.

Elm Street Communities is set to buy about .85 unused acres on the northwest portion of the school’s property for the construction of the future Lake Linganore Boulevard.

The developer offered $200,000 for the parcel of land, Frederick County Public Schools Chief Operating Officer Paul Lebo told the board Wednesday. When the board bought the property back in the 1990s, he said, it paid $15,000 per acre.

Developers and board members are hopeful Lake Linganore Boulevard will alleviate traffic congestion on Old National Pike, where parents and school bus drivers enter the Oakdale elementary, middle and high school properties.

“However, there is continued growth in the Old National Pike area that will continue to impact the volume of traffic on it,” board documents state.

Elm Street, the developer behind the Linganore Town Center, will add the land to its Cromwell property — an age-restricted community of 600 homes along Old National Pike and Meadow Road.

Jason Wiley, the Cromwell project manager and Elm Street’s vice president, wrote in a letter to the board that Lake Linganore Boulevard was “a key component to the planned interconnectivity of the Town Center, as envisioned in County plans.”

Because the county will technically be performing the sale, Lebo cautioned the board that he couldn’t guarantee whether the $200,000 would be added to the board’s capital projects fund. It could end up going to the county rather than FCPS, he said.

Lebo and board member Karen Yoho, who taught at Oakdale Elementary for several years, said the small parcel of land — which they described as sloping and uneven — wouldn’t be missed by students or staff.

“It is far removed from every educational component of that campus,” Lebo said.

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(12) comments

TomWheatley

Do we have a site plan that the land is strictly for a road? A piece of Old Holter was magically realigned and now has 3 houses where no houses were built before.

Piedmontgardener

The mixed use and high density never should have been advanced, this is a two lane, rural section of an ancient road. This was a horrible decision to put this amount of development on the board, this side of the county will never be able to handle the traffic from it. Thanks Blaine.

C.D.Reid

Why do you say "Thanks Blaine?"

enyac

Blaine and Kirby Delauter rubber-stamped all the out of control growth around Linganore and New Market. Coincidentally, or maybe it's not a coincidence, lots of Delauter earth moving equipment at these construction sites.

C.D.Reid

enyac, the vast majority of the zoning for the Lake Linganore development was changed back in '71, which ,I believe, was the year Young was born. How is he responsible for it? Are you one of those I Hate Blaine Young, Johnny-come-lately transplants who thinks that all the zoning in Frederick county was changed from rural farmland to mass development during the Young County Commission?

jth7100

Well, enyac answered your question. Next?

C.D.Reid

"Next?" See above, troll.

bpsws

The headline to this story is a very poor one.

Greg F

So...what would you put up there? Seemed clear enough to get me to read the article and know what it was about.

threecents

Did they change it since you wrote your comment?

shiftless88

It should have said "for a new road"

TomWheatley

I thought they were selling off part of the gym :)

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