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Next Howard County executive should stick with housing plan [Letter]

Despite the very best efforts and hard work by the Columbia Downtown Housing Corporation board, our new downtown is still without affordable housing. County Executive Ulman proposed back in March a General Plan Amendment to require a Moderate Income Housing Unit (MIHU)-type program in downtown. After months of postponing the hearing, he finally pulled the proposal. In its place is the CR 120-14 resolution, which essentially ask the CDHC to work with Howard Hughes and others to propose draft legislation [to] correct downtown's lack of affordable housing.

This is much like Lucy pulling the football away from Charlie Brown at the last minute. While older communities like Oakland Mills have very legitimate concerns about a concentration of affordable housing in their community, downtown is lying flat on its back (like Charlie Brown) regarding affordable housing. General Growth Properties, now Howard Hughes, extracted large increases in downtown's density, but what does Columbia's working population get out of the deal?

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I expect more from him in this regard and am very disappointed. I hope our next county executive does not pull a "Lucy" on us again.

Steve Sprecher

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