Architects Jane Willeboordse and Eric Lund have lived in Catonsville for more than 20 years.
They were first-time home buyers in 1995 when they purchased property on Newburg Avenue that included a one-third-acre buildable lot next to their house.
They considered all the possibilities for the land, including building an energy efficient home for Willeboordse's mother.
The vacant land, over the years, became a neighborhood meeting spot, Willeboordse said. Young children would often play sports there.
The family planted more than 25 trees on the property.
They look out at the lot and see a 200-year-old white oak, and couldn't imagine a builder coming in with...