Capital LTE: “Increase in unneeded elder care facilities”

Capital Gazette: Letter to the Editor, September 22, 2018

Our once lovely Forest Drive is becoming like Route 1 in Alexandria. It is already grimly congested with all manner of vehicles, yet leaders in our city and maybe our County Council as well, are ignoring the rampant development along its stretch.

Yet another assisted living facility is going up right behind the CVS Pharmacy just a block off Forest, called Bay Village.

I am alarmed by the supposed increase in unneeded elder care facilities.

In Anne Arundel County there are already over 800 assisted living units based on 2017 statistics and many more have been added in the past two years. The sign I just spotted on Spa Road and Forest Drive, announcing the Planning Commission meeting Wednesday, reminds us all that Crystal Spring development, long fought against right there at that corner, is far from dead.

Where is the concern for the quality of life for Annapolitans? Where is the concern for their safety? Who is monitoring developers?

Look at the difficulty fire trucks and ambulances already have trying to maneuver through this clogged road to save someone’s life or property all along Forest Drive.

If a continuing care facility is needed, like this costly one, now called Providence Point, where the entrance fee starts at $294,000, then let it be built tucked away from a major thoroughfare as has been done by Bay Woods and Ginger Cove. Their residents will be glad and so will we who live along Forest Drive.

Preserve it by halting thoughtless development! We, the trees, wild wildlife creeks all around it will be forever grateful.


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