And to think Councilwoman Almond is running for county executive as “Kamenetz 2.0!”
Once again, we see the politicians ignoring the same people they took an oath to represent
(Note: The below article from the “Save the Historic Woodbrook Cottage” is published as written.)
It is with a heavy heart that we report the Woodbrook Cottage lost its protected status on the Landmark List yesterday morning. At the request of many, please read on for details. This decision was at the hands of Vicki Almond and Baltimore County Council. All but 1 member of the council (Wade Kach, District 3)- voted in favor of the amendment to remove the cottage from the list. The Woodbrook Cottage was deemed historic by county historian, Teri Rising (her full report detailed in an earlier post) and the Landmark Preservation Commission. The landmarking- while contested by the property owner, potential purchaser and their team of attorneys from Venable LLP, was strongly supported by the community-at-large.
Vicki heard from historians, Preservation Maryland, Preservation Alliance, neighbors, community members (you) and even a family who had once lived in the cottage. All pled for her to accept the recommendation of the Landmark Preservation Commission and place the cottage in protected status on the Final Landmarks List. The neighborhood made it clear they would support the maintenance of the cottage if given the opportunity.
Councilwoman Almond introduced a bill a few weeks ago adding the cottage to the Final Landmarks list and at 9am Thursday morning, before the 10am council vote- She introduced an amendment which removed the Woodbrook Cottage from the Landmarks list. **Against the County Historian and LPC recommendation** and at this time she signed the execution order to our beloved Woodbrook Cottage. She could have abstained from introducing the bill and it would have resulted in the same conclusion. Why did she introduce it in the first place? Think about it.
Naively, we thought Councilwoman Almond had the interest of her constituency at heart. We thought she was different. We thought she believed in community. We were very, very wrong.
What we do know is Vicki intends to run for the County Executive seat and is looking for donors to that campaign. We know when the bill was introduced it was not done so in numerical order by way landmarks are assigned. We know Vicki is fresh off a trip from ICSC, a commercial real estate convention held in Las Vegas. We also know she was lobbied by developers to not landmark the cottage. Was it all a big coincidence? Decide for yourself.
The Woodbrook neighbors who manage this page appreciate all who have expressed support in any way. Unfortunately, we saw a very ugly side of politics in Baltimore County yesterday. As stated in an earlier post, please feel free to voice your opinion to Vicki Almond or share this post where ever you see fit and impactful.