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This article was corrected at 2:25 p.m. March 12, 2014. An explanation follows the story.

Montgomery County has deferred its plans to build a new Children’s Resource Center in the Twinbrook neighborhood, choosing instead to operate it out of an empty school building for now.

In a March 4 letter, County Executive Isiah Leggett (D) wrote that the center will be in the Broome Middle School building, which the school system owns but is not planning to use as a school for at least six years.

The county had planned to move its Children’s Resource Center to 751 Twinbrook Parkway in Rockville, next to the Broome school. The center must move out of its current quarters on Edmonston Drive by 2016 so construction can start on a new elementary school there.

The center, operated by the county Department of Health and Human Services, provides resources and referrals for child-care providers and parents. At its current location, the resource center also provides day-care services, but those are not expected to move to the Broome site.

In his letter to Rockville Mayor Bridget Donnell Newton and Councilwoman Virginia D. Onley, Leggett wrote that the move will give the county an opportunity to explore alternative sites for a permanent resource center. He also said the county already has started designs for moving the center into the Broome building.

Some people in the Twinbrook area had said they were concerned that the Children’s Resource Center would add to traffic problems and be too big for a residential neighborhood.

Newton said she appreciated Leggett taking another look at the project. She also said she hopes the county will be able to find a better solution for the Children’s Resource Center’s permanent location.

“I think it solves some of the problems, [but] I think there are still some community concerns,” she said.

ewaibel@gazette.net

The headline of this article was corrected to reflect that the center is still planned to move to Twinbrook.