Monday, September 4, 2006

developments up the pike: deer park

BUT FIRST: Could one of D.C.'s biggest developers (and a major client of the architecture firm I work at) be heading to jail for charges including bribery, conspiracy and mail fraud? (In other, unrelated news: do I still have a job?)

FINALLY: After five years of hotly contested proposals, construction has begun and advertising is underway for the new "Deer Park" subdivision off of Musgrove Road in Fairland, roughly two blocks from Just Up The Pike headquarters.

My neighbors have been whining that this project's going to destroy the "rural character" (pictured, circa 2004) of the area. Keep in mind, though, that I cannot see the stars at night because of the lights from both the Montgomery Auto Park and Darcars out on Cherry Hill. I also remember a Chinese couple complaining to the Planning Board that the developer was discriminating against them because an access road had been moved up the block so it was in front of their house instead of the house of a white family. Oh - and don't get me started on the community-drafted proposal insisting that the new homes cost "at least $600,000."



Can you play the race card while demanding that only better-off people should live in your neighborhood? Maybe there's more to Montgomery County's growing NIMBY community than all of this "developer funding" crap. Either way . . . there will be twelve fewer homes going up in West Virginia.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Not to be out of line or anything, but frankly I preferred when you discussed topics which were a bit more appealing to the masses. I think the number of comments on your recent posts shows that other readers feel the same way...

FuturePurpleRider said...

Mr. anonymous, my impression was that the topics of development and affordable housing have attracted quite a bit of interest in MoCo lately. Maybe it's not the topic, but the opinion about it, that's not to your taste.

As to the post, I was quite interested in the community drafted proposal. Not just the minimum price, but also the "no sidewalks" requirement. That is a violation of a county requirement -- and certainly not an inducement to transit use. And these people complain about how infill development causes traffic...

Pete in Wheaton said...

I can't tell, but some of those plans do not look approved. Therefore, they are probably not public. Perhaps you should edit the title blocks a bit, as a professional courtesy.

thecourtyard said...

The first two proposals (under "hotly" and "contested") were not approved, but they are made available on the Planning Board website, so I don't see why they aren't public.