Stop the Railroad Square Housing Project
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Don't get railroaded by out-of-town developers!
Developers plan to make huge profits by destroying the heart of historic, downtown Brunswick, Maryland. A 51-unit low-income residential apartment building will doom the potential economic revitalization of the downtown area.
Scot Lessler, of Solstice LLC Historic Properties based out of Loudoun, Virginia, owns the property where the proposed “Railroad Square” housing project would be built. He has entered an agreement with Verdant Companies and WODA Group to apply for millions of dollars worth of Maryland state tax credits and Frederick County loans to demolish historic buildings and erect a "workforce housing" complex directly behind the historic Brunswick train station.
The city is losing valuable real estate to low-income residential housing, which will make it even more difficult to create new businesses and economic opportunities. More new residents will strain schools, sewage and water, roads, and police. Studies show that residential growth COSTS more money than it creates. See the Politifact article titled "Development doesn't pay for itself" here: http://www.politifact.com/florida/statements/2010/sep/09/florida-hometown-democracy/development-doesnt-pay-itself-pro-amendment-4-grou/
Three historic buildings will be demolished, including the J.P. Karn's Lumber Building and the house at 9 South Maple - a log cabin that is older than its 1910 recorded building date. Read more about the properties on Preservation Maryland's site: http://www.preservationmaryland.org/after-action-report-historic-brunswick-panel-discussion/
City Council approved the Phase 1 Concept Plan for the project on February 27, 2018, which included a clause that would allow the developer to negotiate with the city to lease all 50 parking spaces at the train station.
The American Legion (Steadman-Keenan Post 96) and New Hope Methodist Church will both be negatively affected by the development, which will put strain on the infrastructure in the area - the church will lose their parking and the Legion will be flooded by more traffic and sewage.
The only winners in this deal are THE DEVELOPERS, so they have amassed a huge team to railroad the city into approving this terrible project. Only we can stop them!
Tell Mayor Jeff Snoots and the City Council that you want a sustainable economic development plan that favors the citizens of Brunswick over developers. Tell City Council to stop the destruction of our town and stop the Railroad Square housing project.
Updated on 7/8/2018: Clarification made to the language about the parking spots at the train station. The City Council has not yet approved a formal agreement with the developers about the parking spots.
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