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Older buildings like Loch Raven Elementary should be 'revered, not feared' [Letter]

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I would like to thank the readers who pointed out that the former Loch Raven Elementary School is indeed used by a variety of groups and services. It affirms that the building has remained an integral part of Loch Raven Village all these years. We have been dealing with the county trying to demolish LRES since it was closed as a school in 1983. We are dumbfounded as to why Loch Raven Elementary has had a target on it all this time.

Before LRES was closed, we had two schools in Loch Raven Village, Pleasant Plains and Loch Raven Elementary, and they served our community quite well. The children were able to walk to school and they did well in their scholastics. Having two schools did not divide our community.

When 21204 zip code was split into 21204 and 21286, we were told that the west side of Loch Raven Village would be 21286 and even though we are zoned Towson, the east side of Loch Raven Village was to be 21234 because 21286 would not cross Loch Raven Boulevard. But it does! Then when the voting districts were recently redrawn, Loch Raven Village was split again into two voting districts. None of these decisions make sense.

If Loch Raven Elementary School were to be reopened, educators should focus on what is best for all students and utilize the school as a model for advanced studies in both arts and technology. This would give county parents more choices for their well-motivated students.

In his entire career (now retired) as a both residential and commercial builder of new as well historic restorations, my husband had to deal with all sorts of remediations. Although restoration may take time, it does not mean a historic building should be torn down and a new structure put in its place. Older buildings should be revered rather than feared.

Riborg Norman

Loch Raven Village

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