Hampton not right fit for mega-church

May 15, 2011

The small communities off of the Providence Road corridor from the Baltimore Beltway to Loch Raven Drive in Baltimore County will be changed forever with the upcoming plan to have a mega-church purchase a "mini" church presently existing inside of our quiet neighborhoods.

These communities of Chatterleigh, Hampton Gardens, Glen Ellen, Roxleigh and Pineleigh are quiet, fairly rural and have streets with no sidewalks, countless trees and only a two-lane road leading to and from the peace and quiet. Walkers, joggers and bikers are ever present on our streets. With the potential entree of Mt. Olive Freewill Baptist Church with an estimated membership of 2,000-4,000 people, it would be the equivalent of a water balloon bursting at the seams and spilling out traffic, light pollution, groundwater runoff, noise and a concrete invasion with needed sidewalks and widening of roadways.

Size matters. Mini church yes; mega no — please!

Janet Jester, Towson

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