The Bosley Mansion sits on the former site of the Presbyterian Home of Maryland, in Towson.
The Bosley Mansion sits on the former site of the Presbyterian Home of Maryland, in Towson. (Barbara Haddock Taylor/Baltimore Sun)

In his commentary, "The people have the power to stop unwanted development," (Oct. 4), John Weaver makes a good point that neighborhood associations that work together can "have a positive impact on their communities." But Mr. Weaver speaks out of turn in regard to efforts around preserving and redeveloping the historic Bosley Mansion in the Southland Hills neighborhood of Towson. Members of the Southland Hills Improvement Association, Save the Bosley Mansion committee, and residents who abut the property have already been working closely with Bosley Estates, LLC principals Marty Azola and Delbert Adams for more than four months to carefully and sensitively craft the redevelopment of the property. There have been other proposals ranging from turning the property into county offices to an assisted living facility. One such proposal called for demolishing the historic structure entirely, which was unacceptable to the families who live in our neighborhood.

Messrs. Adams and Azola have gone to great lengths to create a plan that preserves the green lawn and historic portions of the property. Their design, detailed in a PUD application, makes sense for our neighborhood, calling for upscale residential condominiums. The design even addresses aesthetic problems that currently exist with the property as well as traffic flow. Questions by neighbors have been answered personally and honestly by Messrs. Azola and Adams. Their efforts to connect with the Southland Hills neighborhood have given us hope that their plans will be realized. The plan continues to evolve as concerns are addressed.

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As a board, we are very happy that the prospective buyers have been eager to work with us and their efforts to collaborate have been extraordinary. We are ecstatic with what the future holds for the property and are thrilled to be working with such an accomplished team.

Jennifer Bolster and Kate Knott, Towson

Ms. Bolster is president of the Southland Hills Improvement Association and Ms. Knott is vice president of Southland Hills Improvement Association and chair of the Save the Bosley Mansion Committee.

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