Harper's Choice area to add lights

Residents agree to pay cost of security measure

April 11, 2002|By Laura Cadiz | Laura Cadiz,SUN STAFF

The Merion Station Townhouse Association in Harper's Choice is planning to erect 14-foot lights at residents' cost to increase safety, a move the community association's board president is calling "proactive."

The association hopes to have four sodium vapor lights installed by Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. by summer's end to accompany four that were put in this year, said Bob Wills, president of the board of directors.

"We are interested in maintaining the amenities and safety of the community, and I think we all look at this as a positive step," Wills said. "It's not done out of desperation; it's not a reactionary move."

The four lights in the village's block defined by of Berrypick Way, Gulf Stream Row and Bushwood Lane were installed by BGE's outdoor lighting group to address the community's concerns, Wills said.

He said residents are worried about crime in the aging community, which as been designated by the state as a HotSpot that receives resources for additional law enforcement and community programs. In September 2000, two men were shot - one fatally - at the Waverly Winds apartment complex on Cedar Lane.

"There are compelling reasons the community wants [the lights]," Wills said, adding that the idea to add lighting pre-dated those crimes.

BGE charges the community association $25 per light monthly, Wills said. The association pays for them out of the $175 annual assessment paid by each of the community's 144 members.

The association is in the process of applying to the village's architectural committee for approval of the lights, which must be in compliance with the community's design standards. The plans include installing one light on Freshaire Lane, two on Gulf Stream Row and one on the bike path behind the townhouses on Berrypick Way, Wills said.

Possibly next year, the association will look into adding lights to the bike path behind the townhouses and lighting the bike path near the neighborhood center, Wills said.

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