Editorial unfair to preservation communityIn recent weeks...

LETTERS

March 01, 1998

Editorial unfair to preservation community

In recent weeks, it appears that The Sun has a bone to pick with the preservation community in Annapolis. You have based your editorials on misinformation.

As an elected official, I expect editorial cheap shots, using the favorite phrase "politically based decisions," but your application this motivation to the Annapolis Historic Preservation Commission is unfounded.

On the Main Street facade issue, how did you determine that "more compelling reasons" for demolition were not offered?

Had you attended the hearing conducted by the commission, you would have learned many facts were presented by both sides concerning the merits of retaining or dismantling the Main Street facade damaged in the December fire. The commission thoroughly discussed and deliberated the facts presented, including the probable costs associated with various alternatives. It reached its decision within the context of the City Code and the guidelines established for National Historic Landmarks (which the entire historic district is designated) by the U.S. Department of the Interior.

We are fortunate to have such knowledgeable citizens willing to give their time to this thankless task, and expose themselves to your unfair disparagement.

Your standard of preservation, "the cost of preserving this wall is not worth the expense," is shockingly simplistic.

If this was the test of preservation, there would be no need for the HPC. We could just hire a good accountant.

Louise Hammond

Annapolis

4 The writer is an Annapolis alderman from Ward 1.

I enjoy motor sports, but don't put track here

I am writing in response to the numerous letters regarding the proposed racetrack in Anne Arundel County.

As a resident of the Russett community, I am strongly opposed. I am a fan of NASCAR and other motor sports, and have visited Daytona, Fla., and see what a super speedway is all about.

However, I would not want to subject a residential community to the noise and circuslike atmosphere that come with this type of facility. Support for the proposal seems to come from areas that would not be affected by the racetrack and its approximately 30 weekend "scheduled events."

Middle River Racing Association has said the track would accommodate 54,800 fans and designated areas would be established for recreational vehicles and trailers. What MRRA failed to mention was how much space would be allocated for these vehicles in the infield, thereby inflating attendance at the facility.

In regard to the 30 weekend dates, a "weekend" is four or five days, which include the qualifying and other events associated with the "main event."

True, sponsors today include "family" products and services, but these sponsors realize the exposure and increased market share their products can gain by being seen on television, in print ads and in other marketing channels.

Furthermore, another project has been proposed for the other side of the Baltimore-Washington Parkway and Route 32 by Mills Corp.

It proposes a supermall of discount retailers and other specialty stores like Potomac Mills in northern Virginia.

While my wallet would see the savings from this facility, would I be able to get there or would I have to sit in serious gridlock and hold a special "permit" just to leave the confines of my neighborhood?

David Levin

Pasadena

Md. voters should back term limits, recall rights

Voters in Maryland need to follow the wisdom demonstrated by the Anne Arundel County Council and call for term limits for the General Assembly and a recall provision in the state election code.

The same stale ideas are echoed every four years.

Michael T. Brown Sr.

Annapolis

Pub Date: 3/01/98

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