Wheaton Redevelopment: 'A High Degree of Frustration in the Community'
A letter to the Montgomery County executive from a Wheaton advisory committee asks for more transparency for the project's timeline and funding for small business assistance.
The Wheaton Urban District Advisory Committee sent a letter to Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett Wednesday, sharing concerns about the redevelopment project planned for parking lot 13 in Wheaton.
"There is a high degree of frustration in the community due to uncertainty about the project timeline and hence, how that correlates to funding for Bill 6-12," the letter reads.
Bill 6-12, which the County Council approved last year, provides for assistance to small businesses who are negatively affected by a county redevelopment project. However, the assistance program that the bill creates has not yet been funded.
In the letter (see attached PDF), WUDAC asks for more transparency on the progress of the redevelopment project, funding for Bill 6-12, signage and a transitional parking plan, and a marketing and public awareness campaign with information about changes.
The Coalition for the Fair Redevelopment of Wheaton requested such a letter of support from WUDAC in November 2012.
The County Council met in closed session to discuss Wheaton redevelopment earlier this week.
See the PDF attached to this article to read the full letter.
Do you agree with what the letter says? What are your thoughts about redevelopment and small business assistance? Tell us in the comments.