|Scale-It-Back.com is a collaborative effort of community and civic organizations
in Montgomery County, Maryland who believe growth must be carefully managed
or it will lead to the degradation of our existing communities and streams,
unprecedented levels of traffic congestion and pressure to build on the ever-
decreasing green spaces.
The commercial capacity of the entire master plan area is much too large for the
suburban residential character of the area, particularly on Belward Farm.
Johns Hopkins' plan for a giant commercial office complex for 15,000 workers in
buildings up to 14-stories high on Belward Farm is not in keeping with the
intentions of the late owner, Elizabeth Banks, and will dwarf the historic farmstead
and the nearby neighborhoods.
The officials from Hopkins have not committed to occupy any of the buildings on
the farm. Instead they are offering 99-year ground leases to other companies. The
master plan requires that only 40% of the businesses be “science-related”.
If 60% of the businesses are not science-related, it can hardly be called a Science
Hopkins is planning to build a massive money-making commercial real estate
venture, unless the courts intervene and force them to honor Elizabeth Banks’
For more insight please see the documents below and additional documents on
the "documents" page.
Maryland Court of Appeals refuses to hear Belward Farm case, Mar. 25, 2014
INTERNAL LETTER FROM JOHNS HOPKINS IN 1988
TEN TERMS OF AGREEMENT, BELWARD FARM
Johns Hopkins vs. MoCo farm: Whose wishes should prevail?, Washington Post
Magazine, Feb. 28, 2014
REPLY IN SUPPORT OF PETITION from the family of Elizabeth Banks, Jan. 27, 2014
ANSWER TO PETITION FOR WRIT OF CERTIORARI from Johns Hopkins, Jan. 22, 2014
Plaintiffs in Belward Farm Lawsuit Announce Intentions to Petition Maryland's
Highest Court in Continued Effort to Preserve Land and Donor's Intent, November
Decision of the Maryland Court of Special Appeals, Nov. 22, 2013
Hopkins has respected Belward restrictions, October 23, 2013, Fritz W. Schroeder,
Baltimore - The writer is vice president for development and alumni relations at
Johns Hopkins University. (Related article below.)
Will Hopkins respect its donor's wishes?, The Baltimore Sun, By Anne D. Neal,
October 16, 2013
Press Release regarding the hearing from the family of Elizabeth Banks, Sept. 4,
Notes from the Belward Farm/Johns Hopkins hearing in the Court of Special
Appeals. September 3, 2013
Belward Farm and our Truth- and Transparency-Challenged County, Feb. 28, 2013
Newly discovered internal Johns Hopkins letter from 1988
Johns Hopkins, Seriously, Are You Freaking Kidding Me?, October 25, 2012
To read all of the documents regarding the Belward Farm/Johns Hopkins
debacle, please CLICK HERE.
Muddy Branch Alliance: With all the proposed development, we must be mindful
of the health of our streams. Check the Muddy Branch Alliance for meeting dates
and the latest activities.
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