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Developer ‘happy to help’ Clarksburg residents support its cause

Peterson Companies, pushing hard for approval of its plan for an outlet shopping center in Clarksburg’s environmentally fragile Ten Mile Creek watershed, is offering a helping hand to residents who would like to see the project approved by Montgomery County officials.

Its future hinges on decisions this fall by the County Planning Board and County Council, which must decide whether Ten Mile Creek, regarded by conservationists as one of the cleanest waterways in the Chesapeake region, can withstand the development, called Streamside at Clarksburg, as currently contemplated by Peterson.

In a letter to Clarksburg residents, Peterson retail division president Taylor Chess said letters, e-mails and phone calls are encouraged and that the company is prepared to offer support.

“If you would like any assistance in crafting a letter, we’re happy to help,” Chess wrote.

He also provides “key messages” for letters, including Streamside’s potential benefits for Clarksburg’s Historic District, such as public sewer service and completion of transportation plans envisioned for the community.

Chess, who did not return a phone message Wednesday, urged residents to attend a community forum to be hosted Wednesday evening by Council member Craig Rice (D-Upcounty) to discuss development plans for the Clarksburg area.

Bill Turque, who covers Montgomery County government and politics, has spent more than thirty years as a reporter and editor for The Washington Post, Newsweek, the Dallas Times Herald and The Kansas City Star.

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