LAST WEEK'S ISSUE: -- Two Annapolis city council members are seeking to limit the density of developments along the outer West Street corridor, where major office and residential projects are fast overshadowing older homes and storefronts.
Prompted by concerns that the thoroughfare is being overdeveloped, Aldermen Josh Cohen and Samuel E. Shropshire have proposed an ordinance that would seek to limit the density of multifamily developments to 35 units an acre, a 20 percent reduction from current standards. The council took action last year to curb development on inner West Street, from Church Circle to West Gate Circle at Spa Road.
Should the city council limit the density of new developments along West Street, outside downtown? What is an appropriate type and level of development for this corridor?
Bill is a breath of fresh air
The bill to limit density on West Street is like a breath of fresh air in the jungle of build-to-the-max megadevelopment in Annapolis. Nothing is sacred in Annapolis. There are those who want to tear down our public library on West Street to make way for development. Another venerable old house was torn down just last week on inner West Street. One might suspect that even our three cemeteries on West Street are eyed with development-lust. Instead of the creative adaptive re-use that brought tremendous success to Boston's Newbury Street, Annapolis is getting Tysons III. Enough already. We need to save West Street from further megadevelopment.
Robert L. Worden Annapolis
Councilman adds name to measure
I have also joined as a co-sponsor to this legislation and obviously support it in light of the disastrous project approval and development at the former Johnson Lumber Company site on West Street at Chinquapin Round Road.
Alderman Dave Cordle Annapolis
We want your opinions
The Annapolis city council, concerned about rental property maintenance and landlords who might neglect their units, is considering a bill that would force landlords to repair or replace defective major appliances such as refrigerators, stoves and furnaces. The bill also would clarify who is responsible for general maintenance - the landlord or the tenant.
How serious a problem do you think Annapolis has with rental property maintenance? Do you think the city should be imposing stricter rules on property owners? And do you think there should be a tighter rein on the responsibilities of renters?
Tell us what you think at firstname.lastname@example.org by Thursday. Please keep your responses short, and include your name, address and phone number. A selection will be published next Sunday.