I live not far from the proposed senior living project at Crystal Spring/Providence Point. Having to drive past the site, I have taken a keen interest in all aspects of its development. From the first massive plans in 2010 and before my husband took ill, we attended every informational meeting given by both former state Sen. Gerald Winegrad and the National Lutheran developers to hear facts presented and receive answers to our questions.
It was in 2005 that the City of Annapolis annexed the 176 acres. But when community residents realized the scope of the massive Crystal Spring project in 2010, serious concerns arose, and the Stop Crystal Spring movement was born. Winegrad spearheaded the group, which quickly grew to represent citizens from every walk of life.
When efforts to buy the property for a park failed with zero political support, the group led by Winegard worked very hard to shrink the proposed project and make it the very best it could be. This required diligent attention to all facets, from traffic control to stormwater drainage, forest saving and protection of treasured waterways in the area, to name but a few of the citizen concerns.
I do understand the Annapolis City Comprehensive Plan years ago designated the site as an “Economic Opportunity Area,” which allows for development. So, consider what might happen to this beautiful forest if this long-fought battle for best use of the land is lost to a shallow law suit? What then?
Laura Townsend’s attacks on Winegrad (last week’s Capital Gazette letters to the editor) are way off base as he and his colleagues should be commended for working out such a solid plan for our citizens and for the wildlife at the site.
Anne Parker, Annapolis