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Montgomery County, Maryland who believe growth must be carefully managed to
prevent unprecedented levels of traffic congestion, pressure to build on the ever-
decreasing green spaces and the degradation of our existing communities and
The commercial development proposed in the Great Seneca Science Corridor Master
Plan is entirely too dense for the suburban residential character of the area,
particularly on Belward Farm which is adjacent to four established suburban
Belward Farm continues to be the center of the controversy. In the late 1980s, the
government officials from Montgomery County, MD were frustrated with Belward's late
owner Elizabeth Banks because she refused to sell her property to developers or the
county for commercial development.
The county brought in Johns Hopkins University (JHU) to convince Ms. Banks that the
University would build an academic campus on her farm. Ms. Banks, a former
educator, sold Belward Farm to JHU for one/tenth of its market value based on their
promises. Soon after Ms. Banks' passing, the County, at the request of Johns
Hopkins, rezoned Belward Farm for a massive commercial office complex for
approximately 15,000 people.
Not only is it reprehensible to rip off an elderly woman for $49 million, it would be
shameful to destroy the property that was her life. Clearly, we cannot count on Johns
Hopkins for a solution to this problem. Is there not one political figure in Montgomery
County or the State of Maryland who will stand up and say this is wrong?
For more insight please see the documents below and additional documents on the
INTERNAL LETTER FROM JOHNS HOPKINS IN 1988
TEN TERMS OF AGREEMENT, BELWARD FARM
Testimony on the Independent Transit Authority/Corridor Cities Transitway, Sept. 30,
Letter to Governor Larry Hogan, April 20, 2015
Comparison travel times for the CCT, the Ride On and driving
Overlay of the CCT alignment with current Ride On buses
Alternative alignment options. Option 4 alignment would save much of the character
of the farm as well as two neighborhoods and would spare all those who travel on
Muddy Branch Avenue from a total traffic nightmare.
After scathing criticism at the Montgomery County Delegation hearing, Ike Leggett
withdraws the enabling legislation for the Independent Transit Authority:
Leggett withdraws proposal for independent Montgomery transit authority, Jan 31,
Montgomery County Civic Federation position on Independent Transit Authority,
Jan. 29, 2015
Update on the Independent Transit Authority proposed by Ike Leggett, Jan. 27, 2015
Update email to residents about the CCT Advisory Committee debacle, Sept. 17, 2014
Notes on response from Rick Kiegel regarding the final route for the Corridor Cities
Transitway, June 13, 2014
To read all of the documents regarding the Belward Farm/Johns Hopkins
debacle, please CLICK HERE.
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