The development at Crystal Spring, now called The Village at Providence Point, will now consist exclusively of a senior development and the developers will make intersection and road improvements at Spa Road and Forest Drive that should minimize any traffic problems, but:
- These traffic improvements must be required before any development gains approval.
- There should be a connector road from the development paralleling Forest Drive to connect with Skipper Lane behind the CVS which would reduce Forest Drive/Spa Road traffic.
- Improvements must be made ahead of any development to be sure construction vehicles do not adversely impact traffic.
- The City must plan for additional traffic improvements as this is only one of 26 new developments adding 1,200 new homes along the already-clogged Forest Drive corridor.
The development has been scaled-back thanks to our efforts but still would:
- Build 303 apartments and single-family homes for seniors, plus 48 assisted living units on 35 acres of land close to overcrowded Forest Drive.
- Destroy 30 acres of the last remaining block of mature forest in the city while resisting
the replanting on site of 100% of all forest cleared.
- Add to contaminated stormwater runoff to Crab Creek from any rainfall over 2 inches.
- Threaten 220 species of birds and other animals, driving some from their natural habitat.
All future development beyond the senior living facility is being eliminated except for a new Wellness House and some equestrian-related improvements. But, it is important that:
- The owners and developers execute a strict conservation easement that eliminates all future development in perpetuity and protects all remaining and replanted forest from future clearing.
- The conservation easement should be executed with a highly qualified land trust such as the Scenic Rivers Land Trust, operating in Anne Arundel County for 30 years.