A group of Takoma Park residents is opposing a speedy revitalization of Takoma Old Town, saying the suggested plan needs more consideration.
The city would like to convert a four-block section of the community into an old town similar to those in Bowie, Kensington and Alexandria. The plan, prepared by a city revitalization committee, was presented to the council earlier this month.
"We have reservations about the . . . plan because there are a lot of unanswered questions," said Suzanne Rhodenbauth, a representative of the 10-member group, at Monday's council meeting. The group is still organizing with the purpose of slowing the rehabilitation. She said citizens are worried about the impact of increased traffic and expressed concern that "while a specific plan has not been approved the council is already asking for $500,000 in federal funds for public improvements."
In other business, the city's redistricting plan passed the first reading, but must be revised slightly before it can be officially adopted. Council member Jennifer Saloma said a mistake in the wording of the ordinance must be corrected, and that the revision is a technicality.
The council also presented the city's public works' softball team with a trophy for winning this year's citywide tournament recently. The team won 12 games and lost two.