It is stunning to read that residents of Towson should actually want a massive dormitory as part of the 'gateway' – according to Mr. Kevin Scally's letter published on Sept. 2. As a current resident of Towson Manor Village, the problem with 101 York has never been about preventing development. It will be a dream when that stretch of York Road is fresh and new and accessible. There is no disputing that.
For many people, it's about the process. Many people filled up the conference room in the Marriott Hotel over a year ago for the first community input meeting, and it never felt honest. The room was too small; only half the crowd could actually see their poster boards. It was filled with community members, surrounding business owners, and other Towson interests. Concerns were expressed, and the theme was the size. It is so big and just doesn't fit in that space. I recall someone referring to pegs and square holes.
DMS Development, LLC's response to concerns about the size was to make it bigger. Twice. All for the sake of profitability. This would be more understandable when it isn't at the expense of the residents who this development will directly impact.
The best kinds of developments are those that take all interests into account: not simply those that are convenient. Had DMS Development, LLC and Mr. Schlachman at least attempted to come to the table in good faith through the past year, we would never be here. We feel like you have tried to do us wrong; to take advantage of what we have worked to build: a forward thinking and creative new Towson. 101 York has 'revenue' written all over it, and that notion has been hidden by neither DMS nor Mr. Schlachman.
I plan to spend a good portion of my life in the place where I am writing this. I think Towson is a great place to live and has incredible potential for the future. I know that the best way to get anything done is by connecting people and interests and ideas. We are strongest when we work together, and Towson will be weaker with 101 York as it currently stands.
There certainly are two sides to this road.
Joe La Bella