Finally, I support Councilman Quirk's decision to allow the building of a senior living complex on the Catonsville Y property on Rolling Road.
The facility will be developed by the Shelter Group, owner of Brightwood Assisted Living, the Y's neighbor on Rolling Road.
Shelter is also headquartered in Baltimore. Senior living facilities and health care are their only business.
This project anticipates the growing needs of our older citizens and is a compatible use of the land. In an almost audible gigantic sigh of community relief, the sale of part of the property gives the Y of Central Maryland funds to finally invest in the Catonsville Y facility.
And, as importantly, the Brightwood plan solves the seemingly impossible, long-standing issue of traffic congestion and access from Rolling Road.
Leadership demands that we look at the needs of the future as well as the present and develop a plan that fits those needs into the same frame.
"Just say no" didn't end drug abuse and is a loser for community planning, too.
I strongly encourage those opposing these developments to revisit the projects and work for a balanced solution — much like the solution worked out by Councilman Quirk, the leaders of the two proposed projects and the larger Catonsville community.