The Maryland Board of Public Works next week will review a $5.3 million settlement for land needed for the Purple Line in Silver Spring.
The deal involves the Maryland Department of Transportation acquiring about 7.5 acres that includes an apartment building on Falkland Lane.
The deal between MDOT and landowner Falkland Road Residential forced the relocation of about 20 tenants. As part of the deal, Falkland will get about $598,000 in compensation for lost rent.
The land was appraised at between $3.5 million and $3.6 million. If MDOT and the landowner were unable to reach a settlement, the state could have used eminent domain to acquire the property.
The Board of Public Works will vote on the settlement at its meeting on Feb. 7. It will also consider a separate $60,000 purchase of 1.36 acres on Stewart Lane in Silver Spring, also to accommodate the Purple Line.
The Purple Line is a 16-mile light rail line connecting Bethesda to New Carrollton. It is expected to open in 2022.