The Baltimore Post received the following letter from Councilman David Marks in rebuttal to an op-ed piece involving the community of Brookfield located in the Nottingham area of Baltimore County.
The letter from Councilman David Marks is published as written.
I am writing this as a rebuttal to Mr. Robert Dema’s comments in The Baltimore Post.
Mr. Dema is correct about one thing: our office helped save the 40 jobs at the Perry Hall diner. I did not encourage CVS Pharmacy to build at this location, but when I learned the diner was threatened, I persuaded the developer to spend its own money to move the diner. Not one penny of taxpayer money was spent to move the diner, and I am told everything is on track for the diner to reopen later this spring.
Regarding the construction process, residents of Perry Hall should know that I passed legislation that provided extra scrutiny when the development was proposed. Five years ago, I introduced legislation which requires construction in Downtown Perry Hall to be evaluated by the Baltimore County Design Review Panel. Because of Bill 50-12, a panel of professional engineers reviewed plans for the CVS Pharmacy and the relocated diner, and there were additional opportunities for the public to testify. No other area in Perry Hall has this level of scrutiny.
Mr. Dema is now complaining about the road access – after years of review, and after building permits were issued. He wants things changed at the last minute.
The truth is, our office has intervened several times to help Mr. Dema and his neighbors, a fact that is ignored in his letter. Last summer, we went to the Baltimore County Police Department to have construction vehicles relocated when the Dema family could not easily navigate Brookfield Road. Around that same time, we went to the Baltimore County Department of Public Works regarding the water quality issue, and funding has been secured to replace the existing water main.
Here is the comment we received from Virginia Dema on April 23, 2017: “Thank you both so much. I know nothing can be resolved overnight but it is comforting to have updates and communication.”
I will continue to strongly support the replacement of this deteriorating water main for the benefit of the Dema family – and yes, be “the voice of persuasion for the residents of Brookfield Avenue.”
Baltimore County Councilman David Marks