Marks: Consider the alternative to the outlet mall plan [Letter]

Regarding Heather Patti's op-ed about the Nottingham Ridge outlet mall proposal, for the past 15 years I have worked to lighten school overcrowding in Perry Hall and White Marsh, and after my election to the Baltimore County Council I down-zoned more than 400 acres of land, blocking hundreds of new homes from being built ("Is a mega mall slipping in under the radar?" June 13).

The current Nottingham Ridge plan reverses this work to lighten school overcrowding. Approved by my predecessor, it will flood our schools with students from 1,250 apartments and condominiums, with no clear plan to build a desperately-needed middle or high school. By comparison, the outlet center proposal slashes the number of homes by at least 1,000 units.

Ms. Patti bemoans what she sees as a lack of public input, but my constituents have provided plenty of input on the need to eliminate school overcrowding.

The outlet center proposal deserves serious review by the Maryland Department of Transportation. The development team should continue to engage community associations, as they have done for several months. And I will continue to listen to my constituents, who want bold steps to eliminate school overcrowding throughout northeastern Baltimore County.

David Marks, Towson

The writer, a Republican, represents District 5 on the Baltimore County Council.

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