FEEDBACK FROM THE COMMUNITY
Beginning in about 2008 and continuing to today, much of the community that surrounds Belward Farm in Montgomery County, MD has opposed the Great Seneca Science Corridor Master Plan because the Planning Department allowed Johns Hopkins University to increase the density on the bucolic Civil War-era farm from 1.7 million sq ft which would accommodate approximately 5,000 people, and was part of the agreement with Elizabeth Banks, to 4.6 million sq feet which would accommodate approximately 15,000 people.
Belward Farm is adjacent to four established residential neighborhoods and is 5 miles from the Metro. The increase in density on Belward Farm is in direct opposition to the wishes of Elizabeth Banks and her family who have owned the farm for over 100 years. The additional traffic would choke the roads for everyone from Belward Farm west to Poolesville.
Numerous community organizations spoke out against the increase in density on Belward Farm and the Corridor Cities Transitway which is the trigger in the staging requirements that would increase the density on Belward Farm.