Town of Cheverly
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On Monday, November 6th at 7:00PM the County Council (sitting as the District Council) will conduct a Public Hearing for the purpose of including the green space abutting Route 50, east of Cheverly Avenue, as a Town Center. This action, if approved, would be the first step in developing this significant town asset into a large scale multi-level apartment complex in the future.
This area includes Magruder Springs, Lower Beaverdam, a community walking trail and is currently recognized as a flood plain.
The Cheverly Town Council voted unanimously on Thursday October 26th to oppose this proposal, and asks every resident who is able to attend the District Council Meeting to come out to voice their opposition. Cheverly residents need to fill the auditorium to ensure the District Council listens and understands our concerns. Information about the meeting location and how to register to speak is at the end of this note.
Below are some talking points you might consider.
Why is the Town Council so concerned?
1) This area has time and again designated as "green space" in county planning processes. The Cheverly Sector Plan re-affirmed this designation. This area is a flood plain and a natural buffer that protects parts of the Town of Cheverly from the noise of highway. Residents of Cheverly frequent this to relax. Community organizations have invested heavily by building walking paths and Boy Scouts have earned their Eagle Scout Awards by designated trees and building benches.
2) The Cheverly Sector Plan was a two year project that involved the entire community. Three large public hearings were conducted each of which were attended by more than 150 people. Key stakeholders also attended six 6 advisory sessions. The concept of a metro centered development in this area was never mentioned in these meetings.
3) The Cheverly Sector Plan shows a clear preference for metro centered development along Tuxedo Road, at the hospital site, and along Columbia Park Road but that this green space area was determined to be a valuable resource to the community and not considered for metro centered development.
4) It appears that The First Oxford Corporation, avoided bringing this concept to the public during the Cheverly Sector Planning Process. In their letter to the county they "acknowledge deep roots in Cheverly" yet they did not participate in the planning process.
Instead First Oxford Corporation sought audiences with County Officials and is in the process of acquiring a Letter of Intent from the county for distribution of county property to First Oxford to complete their development.
The First Oxford Corporation has never once reached out to the Town of Cheverly or it's residents to share this information even though the Town also owns property in the area.
Avoiding a two year public process should not be rewarded.
5) Development in this area is in-congruent with the Magruder Springs Historical Site (#69-024-13) which directly abuts the property required to access the proposed development.
6) The Town has long sought improvements to the Columbia Park Bridge for both pedestrians and automobile traffic. The Cheverly Sector Plan asks for these improvements as part of the development of Tuxedo. Building a multi-story apartment complex in this area furthers stresses the existing infrastructure at the Columbia Park Bridge.
Date: Monday, November 6th
County Administration Building
14741 Governor Oden Bowie Drive
Upper Marlboro, Md, 20772
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