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A new parking garage is open at the Twinbrook Metro station in Rockville, according to a Metro news release.

The 426-space parking garage opened at 5 a.m. Monday, the release said.

Construction on the garage began in 2011, but its opening was delayed due to “extensive cracks” in the concrete, The Gazette reported in April. At the time, representatives for the Washington Metropolitan Area Transportation Authority said the cracks did not pose a structural issue, but needed to be repaired.

The garage was built by Coakley & Williams, a contractor hired by The JBG Cos., which is developing the property under an agreement with the transit authority. The contractor agreed to make repairs and warranty its work, according to WMATA board documents at the time.

Repairs were initially expected to be completed in June, The Gazette reported. This week, Metro spokesman Dan Stessel said he believed negotiations with the developer were the reason for the opening being delayed until now.

“It’s open, it’s available for riders and that’s really all the information we’re going to release on it,” he said.

The new garage was a necessary component of JBG’s plans to develop around the Twinbrook Metro station. The company broke ground Sept. 30 on an apartment and retail building called The Terano, which is the next phase in its Twinbrook Metro project.

ewaibel@gazette.net