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Montgomery County is moving forward with plans to move its Children’s Resource Center to a school-owned property in Twinbrook, but some area residents have lingering concerns about the relocation.

County staff presented preliminary designs for the new Children’s Resource Center at a community meeting Nov. 20. The center must move out of its current building at 332 W. Edmonston Drive by 2016 so construction can start on a new elementary school in the Richard Montgomery cluster.

A new building for the center is planned to be built at 751 Twinbrook Parkway, next to the Broome Middle School building, which is not currently being used as a school but has enough surrounding land to build the resource center.

The new Children’s Resource Center is planned to be a three-story building filled mostly with offices where employees can do paperwork or meet with clients. The center provides training for child care providers, parenting resources and referrals to services for families with children.

Some of the neighbors at the Nov. 20 meeting still weren’t happy about moving the resource center to Twinbrook. They said they were worried about added traffic, the design of the building, construction traffic and what might happen to the building if the resource center ever moves out of the Twinbrook Parkway site.

County staff said they had exhausted all their other options for locations and were moving ahead with the relocation, however.

The Rockville Planning Commission is still expected to review the project prior to construction beginning, but even if they vote down the project, the County Council still has the authority to overturn the commission’s decision.

ewaibel@gazette.net