The legacy of Crystal Spring’s resistance continues

While the project’s size and scope may change, the resistance continues.

At a public meeting hosted by the developer Thursday night, Annapolis residents continued to air grievances and concerns about a senior-living development along Forest Drive and Spa Road. That project is being proposed by National Lutheran Communities and Services, a religious non-profit that runs senior living communities in Maryland and Virginia.

For years the land along the intersection of Forest Drive and Spa Road was tied to the Crystal Spring project, a more than $200 million development that would have brought residential housing, a hotel, retail and senior living. It was a project that stoked the ire of residents, some of whom thought it would bring about too much traffic and cause irreparable damage to dozens of acres of trees.

Because of that opposition, the Lutheran group — which was originally partnered with the developers of Crystal Spring — moved to build the senior living portion of the project on its own. The project was renamed The Village at Providence Point.

Despite shrinking the scope of the project and changing the name, residents at the public meeting at St. Martin’s Lutheran Church still had concerns. About 35 people attended the meeting, which featured a power point presentation, free cookies and coffee.

Chief among residents’ concerns was an influx of traffic along Forest Drive and Spa Road. Another major concern included the clearing of about 27 acres of forest — the Lutheran group does plan to do some replanting and conserving about 18 acres of trees on the site.

“Why don’t they build it somewhere else (in Annapolis),” said Jean-Marie Lesko, an Annapolis resident “I don’t have anything against them, but the location is not great.”

Larry Bradshaw, president and CEO of National Lutheran Communities and Services, tried to assuage those concerns.

This project is much smaller and has less impact than…

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