Capital LTE: “Providence Point plan ignores community feedback”

Capital Gazette: Letters to the Editor, March 20, 2019

The National Lutheran senior living development planned for the Crystal Spring property along Forest Drive seems to be conflicted at best and an environmental catastrophe in the making. In the most recent proposal, none of the community’s concerns was addressed.

But the company’s own website states the contrary: “The latest site plan balances community feedback and environmental needs, along with development needs.”

This statement is patently false since absolutely no changes were made in the most recent filing of the plans to address community feedback. In fact, the plans for Providence Point were worse than before as they somehow proposed absolutely zero tree replacement, despite the city’s new No Net Loss legislation.

Surely the city will make sure they don’t get away with zero tree replanting if they are going to allow them to clear 30 acres of priority forest. Even then, there are still many issues they have not addressed. These are reasonable requests, like preventing flooding and pollution of Crab Creek through adequate stormwater management, and a conservation easement to protect undeveloped areas of the property.

In the age of fake news, National Lutheran is unable to tell the truth about this albatross of a plan. For an organization that claims to be a nonprofit, they seem to be most concerned with their bottom line.

Annapolis deserves development that addresses community needs rather than an organization’s bank account.


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