Rockville Mayor Bridget Newton and city councilmembers voted unanimously Monday to abandon a 15'-wide right-of-way, between Douglas and Frederick Avenues, in the Lincoln Park neighborhood. The city determined it had no future need to develop the currently-unimproved right-of-way, and adjoining property owners approved of the abandonment.
Several structures and property features already are within the right-of-way, and the abandonment will bring them into compliance with city code. While rights-of-way are extremely valuable, this particular one did not appear to hold any use for road or transit purposes. Two utility rights-of-way will be maintained, but the city's Department of Public Works determined the abandonment would have no impact on services to city residents.