The highlight of the agenda for Monday's Oakland Mills village board meeting was supposed to be a discussion on the county's proposed redevelopment of Grande Pointe.
But late Friday, Oakland Mills Columbia Association Representative Reginald Avery received an email from the county, saying Housing Commission Director Tom Carbo would not attend the meeting as he had recommended the county not pursue the purchase.
Earlier, village board co-chairs Ginny Thomas and Bill McCormack, leaders of the Reinventing Oakland Mills Task Force, expressed their concern that the Howard County Housing Commission's consideration to bid on the former Tor apartments would clash with the Village Center Community Plan to upgrade housing.
According to the village board, each housing commission project requires at least 20 percent of subsidized housing, directly conflicting with the VCCP's recommendation, approved in January 2015, to restore the current property with a higher percentage of mid-range and upscale housing.
Village residents still voice their disapproval regarding the housing commission's $39.5 million purchase of the Verona apartments in November 2013, which are located near the village center. While a large concern was that the commission would increase the Verona's affordable units, Carbo previously said that the goal was "to increase the amount of higher rent and higher-income housing; not increase concentrations of poverty."
The village board meets at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 21 at the Other Barn in Oakland Mills. Other agenda items include an update from Howard Hughes Corp. on the multi-use path from Howard County General Hospital to Blandair Park, although this was listed as "possibe" on the agenda.