Winston Choice Resident Sees Opportunities Lost
Like many other citizens in the state of Maryland, many of us relocated for a better opportunity with the forth coming BRAC. I personally moved from Parkville / Towson, Maryland, to Aberdeen, Maryland. The first thing I did was look for a new home in proximity to my employer. I spoke with many builders in the local area. I settled on a Ryan home in late 2006, and moved into my home on May 2007. The agent instructed us of the many plans for this community and surrounding area. Winston Choice was supposed to have a tot lot and its own access entrance off Route 22. Instead, the residents were lied to by the builder, Clark Turner, and Ryan Homes. The excitement was high for me. I was moving into my first new home. Instead it became a horrible nightmare. Aberdeen is filled with rampant crime. My first day two black youths attacked each other on my property with one having a knife out preparing to stab the other.
The community nightmare began when Clark Turner and Ryan Homes had a major falling out on the price for the lot. Ryan Homes decided to move out, leaving many in the community in a rut. I would call Clark Turner out of concern on numerous occasion to follow up on conversation on their final plans. I would be promised that things would improve. Nothing has improved, just got much worse. Clark Turner has tried to sell his land to many builders. The area is too dangerous.
It’s six-years later. The community has not been completed, our roads are still not paved, and we do not have the required lighting for the community. The assigned parking has not be installed. The entrance that was promised to us was not installed. Just broken promises, let’s be honest, just flat out lies. Clark Turner would instruct the community to Call the HOA, the HOA would instruct us to call Clark Turner, Clark would then said call Aberdeen township, the township would then say it is the HOA’s responsibility. In the six-years of living in this area, this development, we have gone through three HOAs, all did nothing for the community. We have gone through three lenders. This development has been through hell and back. Aberdeen Township has given a free pass to Clark Turner and the HOA. We have been promised many things but no real timeline when it was supposed to happen. It was always vague and would mislead the community. Since my friend and I have moved to Aberdeen this has been our experiences.
- Fighting with drug dealers
- Almost having my home burned to the ground while we slept because of drug dealers.
- Waking up to prostitutes being arrested in front of our home at 5AM in the morning on a work day.
- Having many packages stolen from the front of my home that were deliver by FedEX, U.P.S. or U.S.P.S.
- Have private property destroyed.
- We have more than seven foreclosed homes in the community and this continues to grow at a fast pace. These homes are foreclosed on not because they could not afford them but because of the many crimes in the community.
- My one neighbor moved because he did not want to raise his child in Aberdeen because it is not safe. He now rents his house out. He has moved out of state and relocated his business to that state.
- I called the Aberdeen Police yesterday only to be put on hold. What type of Police department puts their citizens on hold? I could continue with this list, but I know you get the picture.
The truth is the township has no vision for the citizens of Aberdeen. For example, on Roosevelt Road remains two military barracks left over from when the base was located from Roosevelt Road. This was temporary housing for the troops. These barracks go back to War War II, that would be over seventy-years. These barracks were for the purpose of temporary shelter. These homes do not meet today’s housing codes for today’s housing, yet Aberdeen township allows them to be a form of habitation. These two structures should be tore down and replaced with new town homes. The township officials only method in raising revenue is raising your taxes and your water bill. Aberdeen officials have no clue in running a small community. They cater to the welfare money with the numerous section 8 homes. They have poor planning methods and leave the bill with the citizens of Aberdeen. As long as they continue to allow welfare in Aberdeen it will always be known as Aberdeen dump, or lower Aberdeen. It is a proven fact that section 8 always brings crime. Many of these people do not have ownership of their lives. There are plans on the book to build twenty-two new town homes that would be for rent. Meaning, more Section 8, more welfare, more crime for the citizens of Aberdeen.
The blame can only be given to the township officials for not caring about the citizens of Aberdeen. If they would build smartly then the image of Aberdeen could possibly change. Seven abandoned homes on Route 22 sit vacant because the township officials stopped the building of an outdoor mall which would have been like the White Marsh Avenue. This is a lost opportunity by Aberdeen Officials. The property on Rout 22 below Home Depot is for sale because they lost opportunity. Beards Hill Road, where a shopping center was supposed to be built is now a no go. More lost opportunity by the Aberdeen Official. They have plans to improve the train station and the surrounding area. That’s also a lost opportunity for Aberdeen citizens. If Aberdeen would become more progressive then maybe corporate America would build businesses.
The Aberdeen Officials have hurt the citizens on many levels. If these projects were allowed it would have created employment opportunities for the local citizens and created a tax base which in turn would give a tax break to the citizens. My six years living in Aberdeen have been the most frustrating experience in my life. Aberdeen could be the golden gem if the right people were at the helm. All these officials need to be voted out. Its time for fresh faces and new ideas for the sake of all Aberdeen citizens, not just a few who are deepening the pockets of some.
So I would pose this question for the citizens of Aberdeen. How many more taxes can you afford? Do you enjoy paying for the Section 8? Are you enjoying the crimes that come with Section 8? As long as Aberdeen Officials continue on this destructive path, then the future of all citizens of Aberdeen will be a dead end. An “All American City” does not have high crime, welfare, and no opportunities for its citizens. That sounds more like living in an all unachieved city. It’s long over due for the citizens to unite and hold the township accountable. I am sure the officials will make excuses.