An e-mail sent out this morning by Eileen York, head of Citizens Involved, suggests that the Amish Market can stay in Burtonsville - but if the community, elected officials and developers don't get their act together, we may lose the market to Upper Marlboro, in southern Prince George's County.
Yesterday - following a Post article mourning the loss of the Amish Market - we mentioned a landowner who wants to help the Market relocate to a one-acre property behind Route 198. That landowner is Yoav Katz, former Israeli basketball player and current Bethesda resident who has drawn up plans for a new, 17,000-square-foot building to house the Amish Market on what is currently an auto repair shop.
The following comes from Eileen York's e-mail:
. . . The Amish need to make a decision re: Mr. Katz's proposal. I have spoken to Sam [Beiler, from Beiler's Structures] about looking for a pro-bono attorney to facilitate these options for the Amish, hoping that if we could find them an attorney working in their behalf, they would feel more confident making a decision asap, as there is no time to waste. To date, no attorney has been found . . . If we can not secure them a location here, they have already found a location in Upper Marlboro where they will be moving next summer when the market get[s] torn down, if it will happen in that time frame, as only a preliminary plan to-date has been approved from Park and Planning. . .
I just called Chris Jones [the owner/developer of the Burtonsville Shopping Center] and asked that we be kept informed of what is happening in our community, as it was disturbing to read about it in the Washington Post . . .