|A NEW CONCEPT FOR BELWARD FARM
Scale-It-Back.com is a collaborative effort of community and civic organizations
in Montgomery County, Maryland who believe growth must be carefully
managed to prevent unprecedented levels of traffic congestion, pressure to
build on the ever-decreasing green spaces and the degradation of our existing
communities and streams.
The commercial development proposed in the Great Seneca Science Corridor
Master Plan is entirely too dense for the suburban residential character of the
area, particularly on Belward Farm, a Civil War-era farm, which is adjacent to
four established neighborhoods.
The community and many others from across Montgomery County and the
state have been displeased with Johns Hopkins proposed plan for a
commercial office complex that would accommodate 15,000 people on Belward
And, now that the suburban office complex is considered a relic, the plan for
Belward Farm is due for an update. With that in mind, a group of community
leaders and activists met with David McDonough and Leslie Weber from Johns
Hopkins to present a new concept for Belward Farm.
Our proposal would work with the agricultural nature of the farm and would
provide fresh organic foods, sociability, and a healthy lifestyle for a new
neighborhood of sustainably built homes that would surround a portion of the
farm which would be saved and operated as an organic farm.
Additionally, a farm-to-table restaurant, an artisan food village and a Health &
Wellness center would complete the agrihood, as it is called.
However, sadly, David McDonough and Leslie Weber completely rejected the
idea even though it appears that they have no short- or long-term plans for
We were told that a nursing home for people with specific diseases would fit
within their charter, but organic foods, healthy living, sociability, sustainably-
built homes, a restaurant, an artisan food village and a Health & Wellness
Center...not so much.
Documents from the meeting with Johns Hopkins:
Points of Discussion and list of attendees
An agrihood on Belward Farm would be a win-win for everyone
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