Wilde Lake residents seek controls for extended road Citizens fear new building will mean more traffic, speeding on thoroughfare

November 10, 1997|By Dana Hedgpeth | Dana Hedgpeth,SUN STAFF

As the county prepares to open a newly extended road for an apartment and condominium project in Columbia's Town Center, residents of neighboring Wilde Lake village want measures taken to control additional traffic.

"We've been talking about the speed on Twin Rivers for 25 years," said Pat Howard, who lives in Wilde Lake, referring to one of the roads that borders the new complex.

"Every tree [along Twin Rivers Road] is scarred, replaced or killed. It sounds like it will get worse with the street extension," she said.

Howard was one of about 30 residents at a town meeting last week, which was called to discuss additional traffic generated in and around Wilde Lake neighborhoods by the extension of Broken Land Parkway and Twin Rivers Road.

The extension is to open in a few weeks.

"These people are going to have to shop somewhere," said Judith Bastow, who lives in the Bryant Square apartment complex, referring to residents of the new development.

"They are either going to go the Wilde Lake Giant or to the new Safeway at Harper's Choice," she said. "It's going to be downright impossible to make a left out of our development onto Twin Rivers."

Community members also said they wanted to see speeds reduced along portions of Green Mountain Circle, between Windstream Drive and Twin Rivers Road. But county officials who attended the meeting said funds are limited for speed bumps or better striping.

"We have about 150 communities that want something done to improve the roads in their neighborhood," said James M. Irvin, the county's director of public works. "We're going through an evolution of what we're trying to do with our money. We're dealing with school crossing routes and then residential streets."

Joseph H. Necker, a Rouse engineering vice president who attended the meeting, said that the complex was part of Columbia's original plan nearly 30 years ago and that the roads were designed to handle its traffic.

The complex will be built immediately west of The Mall in Columbia in a 17-acre triangle bounded by Little Patuxent and Governor Warfield parkways and the extension of Broken Land Parkway and Twin Rivers Road.

Monthly rents at the 210-apartment complex will range from $800 to $1,200, said Richard L. Boales, vice president of development for the Bozzuto Group, the builder.

The proposed 108 condominiums should be for sale by June and would cost at least $120,000, said Brooks Palmer, executive vice president for builder Trafalgar House.

Pub Date: 11/10/97

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