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12/5/2008
Stoltz development plans will desecrate Greenville - News Journal Letter to the Editor from Marion Silliman

Stoltz development plans will desecrate Greenville
DECEMBER 5, 2008

What a baffling world confronts our children and grandchildren. Greenville is legendary for its collection of open spaces. The loveliness of Del. 52 has been nationally recognized, and our Kennett Pike has been designated a scenic byway. And it is lined with such treasures as Longwood Gardens, the Winterthur Museum, the Hagley Museum, and the Natural History Museum. Visitors flock to savor these unique creations where time has stood still. Delaware’s children are taught that it is their responsibility to preserve and nurture the natural world, and they are taken, by the busload, to our gardens and museums where they romp and gape and are refreshed. But developers would despoil this area. They see the Brandywine Valley as a ripe apple to be summarily picked off. Their plan, and there are currently four under consideration, is to throw up towers, 12 stories in Greenville, 9, 10, 11 at the Barley Mill Plaza location, build theaters and restaurants, a seven-story parking garage and “commercial spaces” larger than our Christiana Mall, which is currently going bankrupt. Uninterested public officials turn their backs on this desecration with the comment, “Well, they have their rights, too.” One passionate lady, Patty Hobbs, is not one to suffer in silence. She has established the CRG (Committee for Responsible Growth) in New Castle County and afforded us one last chance to influence Keith Stoltz and his plastic minions. A contribution to CRG in New Castle County will enable citizens to order a traffic study, hire a lawyer to represent their interests, guard/guide architectural details, in short help preserve as much as possible of our precious quality of life. We will have no second chance.

Marion Silliman
Greenville

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