Letter to the Editor

Letter to the Editor

October 20, 2002

Village represents Klocko's legacy

It is our honor to name the 6-acre lakes and entertainment courtyard at the Village at Waugh Chapel after Councilman John Klocko.

Mr. Klocko wrote the ground-breaking legislation that allowed the village to become a reality. Typical of his fierce independence, he introduced legislation affecting another councilman's district because it was the right thing to do. He fought for this new concept called mixed-use and dragged the planners and skeptics into the future.

Instead of being against new ideas, Mr. Klocko found a way to take the best and make it work. The legislation provided that 127 acres in south county would be donated to preservation. And he formulated the Master Development Standards which are responsible for the community center, courtyards, beautiful architecture, landscape and pedestrian-friendly design you see today at the village.

Under Mr. Klocko's leadership, the Crofton, Gambrills and Odenton communities now have a special place to meet their needs, where seniors live and can walk to food and health services, where children learn and play, where the communities meet, where people gather around the lakes, waterfall and public places to have fun and so much more.

Hundreds of people are now employed, and the county and state receive new annual revenues so necessary to education and public safety.

Yes, one person can make a difference.

John Pantelides


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