One of our readers has sent us a letter he wrote to Commissioner Doug Howard. It’s well-written and makes a number of good points. The more people who see it, the better. So here it is…
I am a new resident of the Eldersburg/Sykesville community, having recently moved here from Annapolis.
I knew what I was getting into with regard to the lack of amenities, having traveled back and forth for personal reasons for the last several years.
I am disheartened to hear that an Aldi grocery store is planned for empty space on Liberty Road and that another grocery store could be zoned for new construction, literally across the street.
The city, and the surrounding areas of Annapolis, which have a much larger population than the Eldersburg/Sykesville area, is served by only 6 grocery stores, 7 if you include Trader Joe’s.
Do we need another grocery store, or do we need an upscale restaurant, movie complex, or other venues which would attract the residents of this community?
Two more grocery stores jeopardize their own viability and that of existing entities. Who will shop at an Aldi?
The average median income of this area is very high.
It is time for an open meeting during which residents can voice opinions on zoning and the use of open space.
I look forward to your response.
Whether you agree or disagree with Mr. Morris’ letter, please leave your comments below. The more reaction Commissioner Howard sees, the more attention he’ll pay to Eldersburg and to the issues that are important to you.
Our thanks to Chris Morris for sharing his letter with us.