Developer's plans worry community Residents' concerns are traffic, crime

November 08, 1995|By Adam Sachs | Adam Sachs,SUN STAFF

Owen Brown village residents fear that plans to build 500 or more homes, a 10-screen cinema complex and a second huge commercial center off Snowden River Parkway will choke their community with traffic and cause an increase in crime.

A handful of those residents, who have been pushing for a new traffic light at one busy parkway intersection for months, expressed those concerns at a community meeting last night at which a Rouse Co. official outlined plans for the Snowden Ridge housing development.

A newly formed citizens task force, alarmed by growth, wants to hire its own traffic consultant to evaluate the Snowden River Parkway corridor and possibly challenge results of studies commissioned by Rouse Co., which is developing the area, said task force leader Deborah A. Provencher.

In an interview last night, she said the parkway bordering her Hopewell neighborhood is being "inundated by commercial projects."

"By just being angry citizens and whining, I don't think it's going to accomplish anything," said Ms. Provencher, whose group is lobbying the county for a traffic light at Rustling Leaf and Snowden River Parkway at Hopewell's entrance. "It's incumbent upon us to show there's more impact than they're suggesting."

She said the group plans to survey Owen Brown residents on traffic and safety concerns.

Gerald E. Brock, senior development director for Rouse Co., assured the residents that the company's projects have met county standards for traffic capacity, noting that road improvements will coincide with development.

He told the Owen Brown village board that construction likely will start early next year on 124 condominiums and 112 townhouses south of Snowden River Parkway.

The 54-acre Snowden Ridge development will allow up to 650 units, but Mr. Brock estimated that between 500 and 550 homes will be built.

"We have no problem with economic development," Ms. Provencher said. "We just want to be sure our concerns about traffic and safety are taken seriously."

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