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City leases Maryland site to tow impounded cars

(Published July 2, 2001)

The D.C. government has temporarily leased an industrial tract in suburban Prince George’s County, Md., to accommodate vehicles towed from the city’s streets.

The lot, at 2400 Addison Road, is about one-quarter mile from the Deanwood Metro station in Northeast Washington and is located on a Metrobus line, officials said.

Department of Public Works officials said they expect the new impoundment lot to be ready for use before the end of July. They said the city has a "flexible" agreement for the site’s temporary use until a permanent impoundment lot is developed.

The city sold its vehicle impoundment lot on Brentwood Road NE in April to be transformed into one of the city’s biggest retail centers. Kmart, Giant Food and Home Depot have announced plans to open stores at the site.

The Common Denominator reported April 9 that the city had stopped towing illegally parked vehicles to the impoundment lot and had instituted a policy of simply moving the vehicles to the nearest legal spot when towing was necessary. The policy has caused numerous complaints from residents.

Copyright 2001, The Common Denominator