This was mentioned before, but here is more from the Gazette
In April, Meadow Lo Corporation, which owns a building east of Wisconsin Avenue, submitted a Minor Master Plan amendment to the Planning Department. It proposed that the four-story Apex Building, 7272 Wisconsin Ave., be torn down so a Purple Line station — as well as an underground portion of the Capital Crescent Trail that could pass under Wisconsin Avenue — could be built.
In exchange, nearby property would be rezoned to allow denser development.
The design of the new station would be superior, according to staff reports, and construction costs would be less if the Apex building came down.
The only problem was that the owner the Apex building, which now houses a movie theater and several restaurants and businesses, was not a part of the proposal and has shown no interest in it, staffers said.
Planning board member (and former WABA board member) Casey Anderson
said there was a chance that with the right incentives, a developer could convince the Apex owner to sell.
“You hope that with the appropriate level of zoning that somebody comes in and makes the owner a deal they can’t refuse,” Anderson said. That new developer would be able to build at a higher density than currently allowed after the Purple Line construction is complete.
I know the idea of knocking down buildings was mentioned as soon as the engineering report on the existing tunnel came back, it's too bad it has taken this long to get to this point. Hopefully this can be worked out as a win for the county, a win for trail and transit users and a win for the Apex Building's owners. Until then does anyone have many millions of dollars with which they could buy and knock down the Apex Building? That woud be a big help.