The following letter was provided by a group of Glenville Road residents who oppose the Regent at Stone House wedding/event venue in Churchville, as well as recent media coverage of the issue:
Yesterday, 1/23/2015, there was an article in the Aegis which clearly supported the owners of 517 Glenville Road, property setting for the proposed Regent at Stone House.
The following is a response to the subject matter and its’ accuracy concerning this article. Comments included are the observation of the writer.
Note: These bullet points were drafted after reviewing the article sentence by sentence.
The alterations proposed by a PR Group at two private meetings does not change the issues that are and have been a part of our neighborhood objections in any way.Here are some of our concerns: The safety of all of our community as affected by traffic and introduction of hundreds of strangers weekly, the negative impact on ecological sanctity of our pristine community, along with the already realized and future projection of reduced real estate values. We, the Limbergers’ neighbors, could sustain literally millions of dollars in lost equity. This begs the question, why should we be personally and financially penalized for Tim and Lisa to hatch their dreams which by the way change on an ongoing basis?
If your dream is going to negatively impact the exact neighbors you say you care so much about, why are you proceeding at all? Your dream, your passion is our nightmare. Commercial venues have no place smack dab in the middle of our well founded residential neighborhood.
Limbergers still plan to offer all the same venues described in the original presentation. They are just adding Equine activities. As of today, their website still is advertising the same venue and has added a picture of a horse.
This begs the question: Why do they require this large paved parking lot with lights if equine events are now their primary interest?
Limberger has not listened to the neighborhood. Since our August meeting, the Limbergers have not spoken to 98 %+ or- of us before or until Dec 22, 2014 when he chose to speak to less than 2.5% of the 400 + or -people who objected to their original proposal. Sixteen neighbors attended their meetings to our knowledge. Point is if you were not invited ,you were not informed, and you need to be at this Wednesday’s CIM meeting. After talking to more than 40 neighbors in the past two weeks, they all remain against the project.
Scrapping their plans on the first sight is part of development costs. If one wants to develop, one needs to adjust. The money they spend is not anyones’ responsibility but their own. It is certainly not the responsibility of the neighbors.
The Aegis failed to verify that there are any new neighbors who are in line with the Limberger proposal . Every neighbor who was against this proposal in August remain that way to our knowledge. Our supporters are still numbering well over 400 persons conservatively and growing daily. In the last two weeks alone, we have distributed over 20 new No Regent signs.
Mr. Rob Wienholds remarks are puzzling. I have lived in Churchville for 30 + years and always found my neighbors to be wonderful, cordial people. This attempt to vilify us is laughable. If the Limbergers wish to compare complaints, police reports and possible crimes in which there are witnesses, we would love to sit down with them. When departing from an invitation only presentation it is only polite that one would thank the host, and upon arriving and departing a handshake is the American way to express that gratitude. It is not a sign of commitment or agreement in this context. When President Obama and President Putin shake hands at the world summit It doesn’t mean that the two men agree on anything. It is simply hello and good bye.
One point we all need to consider is the fact that since December 2013, we have seen over twenty different sheriff cars in the neighborhood. In the thirty years before that, other than an officer who lived down the street going to and from work, along with an occasional sheriff to shoot radar at our request, we never saw any law enforcement. We never needed it and we are proud of that fact.
The second CIM meeting was scheduled because they didn’t finish the first. At no point did anyone say they wanted to offer a changed plan until Dec 22,2014 and then it was announced on a limited basis at private meetings for selected neighbors. Most of them have publicly stated they remain totally against the project.
Dr. Finney and the Finney family were apparently wonderful people historically. They were generation after generation of doctors helping their community. In consideration of history available, while living on this property, they had no commercial interest working on their farm. A Dr. William Finney is buried under the old oak tree on my property. I found his great grandson in Virginia years ago to tell him we had the gravestone. He thanked me for my concern and visited the sight once. We continue to care for it! Yes, his great grandson is a doctor.
Tim Limberger, not a doctor, has publicly announced that they bought this property with a contingency contract with approval for development of said commercial, for profit, venue. In spite of that, Mr. Limberger repeatedly now says he is not a developer.He is now a farmer chasing his dream of teaching kids how to ride horses and at the same time in the same building holding a plethora of parties for profit.These types of flip flops tend to erode the credibility of Limbergers’ comment and commitments. This begs another question. Why would one spend countless hours teaching children to horseback riding safely? But yet at the same time, they will rent space on top of the stalls for over 160+ or- people of all ages, to party , eat drink and be merry and then endanger those same children by having them ride in cars that are sharing that very road with people under the influence of alcohol?
Conclusion: The article is what it is. A PR Group scoring an interview with a local newspaper in an effort to enhance its’ clients’ image and reputation. If one comes to believe what you are reading without questioning the facts, you might find some credibility. The truth simply shines through this. The size of the building and parking are going to change and they are giving horseback riding lessons in addition to all the other venues they advertise on their own web site, period.
We continue to need each and every one of you to attend the CIM Meeting on January 28, 2015 at 6 PM at Harford Tech High School , 200 Thomas Run Road . Please come help extract the truth from Limbergers. The CIM meeting is you Constitutional right, come exercise it before someone takes it away.
Community Input Meeting Alert: Regent at Stone House January 28
From Friends of Harford:
A Community Input Meeting (CIM) Meeting has been scheduled for the following project(s):
Regent at Stone House – located on the east side of Glenville Road at/near the intersection of Glenville Road and Maryland Route 155 Site includes 51 acres currently zoned AG, Agricultural and will include agricultural/commercial riding stable and private parties and receptions uses
DATE/Time: Wednesday, January 28 at 6:00 pm
Location: Harford Technical High School
The CIM meeting announcement with links to the proposed site plans is available at http://www.harfordcountymd.gov/PlanningZoning/index.cfm?ID=32&PullPage=CommunityCalendar.cfm&InputID=178
If you have concerns you wish to raise or simply want more information, this meeting is your opportunity to do so.
County government has a description of the CIM process at www.harfordcountymd.gov/cim.
The Regent at Stone House Fact Sheet courtesy of The Fallston Group: