Ned Howe, vice president of new business for Enterprise Homes Inc., tried quell fears from Brooklyn Park residents that the 230-unit apartment complex being built on Hammonds Lane near Ritchie Highway, will accept low-income Section 8 federal housing vouchers.
Howe, who was a guest at the Arundel Neighborhood Association’s (ANA) Feb. 27 meeting, encountered a skeptical crowd. He said a lot of the misunderstanding related to Section 8 housing came from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) insignia located on the Woodfall Greens’ project sign. Howe noted HUD does more than Section 8 and is not synonymous with it.
He said HUD was on the sign because just as those with FHA mortgages deal with HUD, so too does Enterprise. He said Enterprise’s loan was conventional.
“Enterprise is in a joint venture with the shopping center owner and that’s really what made this project possible,” he said.
He also spoke of previous local projects he’s been involved such as The Greens on Hammonds Lane.
Longtime ANA President, Debbie Frank wasn’t convinced.
“I’d be thrilled if the project takes off and every unit is rented,” Frank said. “They may have done a lot of studies, but I really don’t think they included the drug counseling center and Bay Clinical, or the poor services of the Post Office in it.”
Frank and other citizens noted how stretched the police and fire departments are, at present, and also spoke of how bad the traffic is already.
Several attendees said they were cautiously optimistic, but believed if the people who get jobs in Port Covington aren’t willing to pay the apartments’ market rates of between $1,300 to $2,000, the project will be a bust.
Some said the presenters did a good job of deflecting what would happen if capacity goals were not met, and that was their main concern, as Howe did not say definitively the apartments would never be Section 8. He did say, however, “that Section 8 rents here will not support our rental rates,” and if we do fail, “we’ll crash and burn.”
He also lamented that “I only wish more people had the faith in Brooklyn Park that I do.”
Anne Arundel County Councilman Pete Smith, who attended the meeting, said he wants “Brooklyn Park to improve and re-development is key to that transformation.”
Belinda Fraley-Huesman, director of the Chesapeake Arts Center which is adjacent to the apartment site, has said she supports the project and “wish we could do something to help others see its benefits.”
State Del. Ned Carey (D – D31A) said said he wants to see the community thrive.”
"I see this project as a step in that direction,” he said.
Brooklyn Park High Alumni Bull & Oyster Roast
The Alumni Association holds its 17th Annual Bull & Oyster Roast 7-11 p.m. April 21 at the Roland Terrace Democratic Club, 619 Matthews Ave. in Baltimore. Cost is $40 per person and includes beer, wine and set-ups. A cash bar will be available and you can bring your own bottle.
Due to sell out last year, all tickets must be pre-paid and cutoff date is April 13. Make check payable to BPHSAA including a list of those attending. Send email and phone number for contact person and include mailing address as tickets will be mailed.
Checks should be mailed to Rose Anne Young, 6030 Marshalee Dr., #153, Elkridge, Md. 21075. For more information or to purchase tickets, contact Nancy Kosack - at 443-562-2139.-e email email@example.com or Rose Anne Clark Young at 443-752-9312 - email firstname.lastname@example.org.
On a sad note, Rosalie Corley Burcaw, a beloved biology teacher for 36 years at Brooklyn Park High School passed away Feb. 25, 2018. She was active with many students as class advisor and yearbook advisor. She inspired many students and relatives to pursue careers in medicine and science related fields. As a tribute to Burcaw, in lieu of flowers, donations to the scholarship fund in her honor may be made payable to "Rosalie Burcaw Scholarship Fund" and mailed to BPHS Alumni Association, PO Box 3421, Baltimore, MD 21225.
Brooklyn Park Library
The following events are scheduled at the library, 1 E. 11th Ave.:
Mondays at 10:30 a.m. — Toddler Time and Stories
Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. — Pre-School Story Time
March 8 at 10:30 a.m. — Bilingual Story Time/ Hora Del Cuento Bilingue. Young children will enjoy stories, songs, rhymes and activities while building ready to read skills in English and Spanish.
March 13 at 7 p.m. — Family BINGO! Play B-I-N-G-O with family and friends. Win small prizes.
March 14 at 7 p.m. — Urban Gardening for Health, Master Gardner Mike Ensor teaches how to improve your health through gardening in an urban home.
March 17 at 3 p.m. — Drum Circle. Express yourself through sound and rhythm. No experience necessary and instruments provided.
March 21 at 6 p.m. — Art in Our Schools Reception. Enjoy artwork from local elementary students.
March 21 at 6 p.m. — Music to Celebrate the Arts. Flute and cello combine to beautify our world.
Income Tax help where trained volunteers will assist you with tax preparation is available at the Glen Burnie Library. 1010 Eastway. Fridays through April 13 from 9 a.m. to Noon. Call Audrey Creamer at 410-255-6964 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday-Thursday to schedule an appointment.
For more information, call Leslie Shepley at 410-222-6260.
Northern District meeting
The Police Community Relations Council meets today at 7:30 p.m. at the Northern District Police Station, 939 Hammonds Lane. For more information call Carl Brooks at 410-636-2435.
Brooklyn Heights Improvement Association
The association will meet at 7 p.m. March 12 at the Brooklyn Park Library, 1 E. 11th Ave. For more information, contact Sylvia Poore at 410-725-9193.
Brooklyn Lions Club
The board meets at 6 p.m. 14 at Fred and Margie's Inn, 3605 Fairhaven Ave. in Baltimore.
Christopher Tyler can be reached at 410-761-8560.