Growing concerns about expansion plans for Catonsville Y

July 20, 2011

I have a suggestion regarding an article in the Catonsville Times ("Councilman not yet sold on proposal by Central Y," July 11).

I oppose the expansion as proposed mainly because of the additional traffic that a mega-Y and a medical center will draw.

What good is a traffic survey? We all know that the current traffic problem will worsen and that crosswalks are a waste of taxpayer money.

The one in front of the library is useless — pedestrians have to wait for at least ten cars to pass before someone yields.

I also find it perplexing to hear how overcrowded the Y is.

I use the gym an average of three times a week, any day of the week, including weekends, usually between the hours of 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. On a busy day, there might be 10 or 12 members using the 41 pieces of equipment.

It may be crowded after work hours when everything is crowded after work hours.

Once the Y is improved, it will likely be much more crowded at all times with members avoiding the crowds at the Ellicott City branch.

I think that Phase II would be very bad for the community. But, if it passes, why not require the developer to fund the wonderful State Highway Administration's sidewalk plan for Rolling Road, as part of the PUD process?

Several traffic lights would then definitely be needed to enter Rolling Road.

This plan would help Tom Quirk keep his campaign promise to make Catonsville walkable and bikeable.

Kathy Bauman

Catonsville

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