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Small Grove in Merrifield on the Chopping Block to Build New Metro Substation

A small parcel of forest along Prosperity Avenue leading into the Dunn Loring Metro parking garage is likely going to be replaced by a new substation to power the Metro.

The green space is a casualty of plans to expand I-66, which would displace an existing substation along the route.

The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) is currently seeking permission to relocate the substation.

“The relocation will affect the existing open space for the entire 15.383 acres of the WMATA Property and will diminish it approximately 5,778 square feet,” WMATA said in the application.

But the substation isn’t the only thing that could be relocated. Last fall, the Virginia Department of Transportation announced plans that some residents along I-66 could be relocated to make way for the construction.

A Fairfax County Planning Commission hearing scheduled for June 26 will consider the plan.

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