Sandy Spring Residents Fight To Save Homes

They feel neglected and disenfranchised, and that's why some Sandy Spring residents used this Martin Luther King Holiday to try and save their homes. Full Story
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College Park

Washington, DC

#1 Jan 21, 2008
So how about completing the story. Who owns the land where the supposed road is. Who blocked it off. Could WUSA possibly tell a story in more than 250 words?
tom

Stephens City, VA

#3 Jan 22, 2008
there are laws governing this. get a lawyer to research old english laws on adverse possession. essentially if it has been in use, as you say it is your property, and they cannot block it.

file an adverse possession claim and you will win.

Since: Nov 07

Waldorf, MD

#4 Jan 22, 2008
The forces of evil are at work here. The little guy is yet again in the way of progress.(money)
Lynne

Falls Church, VA

#5 Jan 22, 2008
Just another attack on an old African American neighborhood. Maybe they should be looking into the the possibility of squatters rights. I mean if they have been using it for all those years and no one has complained.. I would say the property belongs to their community.
FIGHT FOR THE RIGHT!
Margie

Falls Church, VA

#6 Jan 22, 2008
I just checked Mapquest and it looks like a road to me !!!! Are they blind or do they want this property for progress... I think so. And in the mean time they think that because their are of African American decent, they wont have enough cloat to fight.
Dawn Murphy

United States

#7 Jan 22, 2008
Why is Race always the first thing that people hollar. Race has nothing to do with these developers who plan to do something with the land or the land that connects to your land. Do you live there? or is this property that you own and do not utilize on a regular basis? Get a Lawyer. I am sure that there would be a lawyer out there willing to make a name for themselves to help the unfortunate. There are too many hole's in this story to really know what is going on in this situation. I love WUSA so can someone elaborate on this story??
Blackbutterfly

Washington, DC

#8 Jan 22, 2008
Color has a lot to do with what is going on here. There is something rotten in Denmark!!! Me thinks me smell the rotten odor of money.

We as private citizens could not block the road to another persons abode without being in violation of some laws. How is it that there are no violations cited here?

The public servants work FOR US. How is it that they can arbitrarily decide this without a public hearing? As tax payers, those individuals should have a say so in what was happening in their community.

Something is not kosher.
Audrey Barnes

AOL

#9 Jan 22, 2008
College Park wrote:
So how about completing the story. Who owns the land where the supposed road is. Who blocked it off. Could WUSA possibly tell a story in more than 250 words?
Actually, I wrote the story and it's well over 250 words. If you'd like to learn even more, you should watch the video too.

The land in question belongs to many of the people featured in the report and has been in their families for generations.

The chain, which is the focus of a lawsuit, was put up by residents living adjacent to the road, and it may not be lawful. That's also the focus of a lawsuit.

If you'd like to learn even more, you should check out the residents website.

www.savesandyspring.org

There have also been numerous newspaper reports done of the issue as well, which can be found in the archives of the Gazette and others.
I hope that helps.
Maryland Mom

Crofton, MD

#10 Jan 22, 2008
Thanks for the info, Audrey.
People should not rely on a TV web site for in depth reporting. That's for the newspapers.
College Park

United States

#11 Jan 22, 2008
My apologies, 366 words. Huge difference. The on-air broadcast added no additional information over the web content.
Dawn Murphy

United States

#12 Jan 22, 2008
From Reading the Gazette on line website. Its sound to me like PURE arrogance on the behalf of The Developer Warren Brown who owned the Brown farm adajacent to the Sandy Springs Property. Warren Brown knew dam well that road was there and he should be ashamed of himself for being such a jackass thinking these people would just tuck their tails and run. How can a court of law dispute such valid documents such as deeds, tax records, ambulance rights and access to a supposed road that never existed according to Brown. He is a jerk.
Dawn Murphy

United States

#13 Jan 22, 2008
If a private resident put the chain their then the actual residents of that street have the right to take it down, RIGHT?
Josh

Raleigh, NC

#14 Jan 22, 2008
The situation is clearly a mess, but there is absolutely NO evidence whatsoever that it has anything to do with race. Calling it such simply belittles the whole situation. Take your claim to court, but don't make a stupid argument just because you can.
Elizabeth

Riverdale, MD

#15 Jan 22, 2008
Thanks for keeping us informed. This story is alarming enough that I hope to see a follow up about this, to find out if these people are able to regain use of their access road.
concerned

Gaithersburg, MD

#16 Feb 4, 2008
I am writing about Park and Planning’s Letter to the Editor that disputed the Gazette’s reporting. Here we go again. Park and Planning is trying to deceive the public, just like it did when the Clarksburg story broke.
It seems we found the root of the “neighbor dispute.” The SaveSandySpring.org website now has a link to a copy of the two hundred acre development plans that Park and Planning staff has recommended for a developer’s neighboring property - Sandy Spring plans that were filed under Olney.
Park and Planning is the grantor of the Conservation Easement that obliterated the Farm Road from their maps. Park and Planning is the “neighbor” that the Farm Road property owners have a dispute with.
Park and Planning’s actions are driving our neighbors to the brink of bankruptcy and foreclosure and doing so with our tax dollars. While the County faces a 400 million dollar deficit, Park and Planning is spending hundreds of thousands of dollars in legal expense trying to help it’s developer friends while discriminating against some of the County’s most neglected families.
All the while our legislators, like Delegate Taylor, are wooed by the developer who has been raising money for them by way of a $1000 per plate annual barbeque.
Barbara

Silver Spring, MD

#17 Feb 20, 2008
The way I heard it, the people who are crying about the chain in the driveway are the ones trying to increase the property values by way of official road access before they sell out to a developer. Most of those people complaining have not lived on the properties for many years.
M Sederoff

Indianapolis, IN

#18 Oct 20, 2008
I check this website from time to time to see how this issue is proceeding.

It is sad that no one has posted a comment since February. Does this mean people are losing interest? This is not an issue that should die because it effects every citizen of the USA.

Conservatives are adamantly opposed to the growing trend towards socialism in this country. Any time government can take property (especially valuable property) and give it to someone else who will develop it to the extent that it increases the property taxes paid on that property, government will do it. And socialists will do it more than anyone else, because socialists care first and foremost about having money to spend. It does not matter that it is someone else’s money! As long as they can spend money to secure their own reelection, this is their first priority.

When you go to the polls to vote in November, do not listen to what politicians are saying. Look at what they ARE DOING!!

Remember, it was conservative judges who voted AGAINST government seizure of property in the Kelo v. City of New London Supreme Court decision that gave states the right to steal your property and hand it over to big business developers for their own enrichment. It was liberal judges who favored this unwarranted seizure of property and the eroding of property rights in this country. Barack Obama favors liberal judges, and his appointments to the Supreme Court will continue this erosion of property rights.

Any government big enough to give you everything you want is also big enough to take everything you have. And TAKE they will!
Auto World secretary

Washington, DC

#20 May 7, 2013
Audrey Barnes wrote:
<quoted text>
Actually, I wrote the story and it's well over 250 words. If you'd like to learn even more, you should watch the video too.
The land in question belongs to many of the people featured in the report and has been in their families for generations.
The chain, which is the focus of a lawsuit, was put up by residents living adjacent to the road, and it may not be lawful. That's also the focus of a lawsuit.
If you'd like to learn even more, you should check out the residents website.
www.savesandyspring.org
There have also been numerous newspaper reports done of the issue as well, which can be found in the archives of the Gazette and others.
I hope that helps.
Audrysweetpea and honeybunch!
These people are like family to us and they are also Gods and Prophets like our good christian president Obama and our good county executive Ike Leggett. Treat them with good respect just like what the Bible says. These citizens are far better than anybody in the world except Leggett and Obama. They are the best in the world and as good as God in heaven.
Mary Pat

Silver Spring, MD

#21 Jul 1, 2013
Dawn Murphy wrote:
Why is Race always the first thing that people hollar. Race has nothing to do with these developers who plan to do something with the land or the land that connects to your land. Do you live there? or is this property that you own and do not utilize on a regular basis? Get a Lawyer. I am sure that there would be a lawyer out there willing to make a name for themselves to help the unfortunate. There are too many hole's in this story to really know what is going on in this situation. I love WUSA so can someone elaborate on this story??
stop being stupid, all the home owners are Black, how can this
NOT be about race? What happened was that the rich folks wanted the property once it became desirable, and of course it was at the end of the town because that's how things were in Maryland. Black folks were funneled into the same area, now the rich people want it back because they want to develop on it without paying anything ..there are NO HOLES in this story, if there were County Planning wouldn't be so defensive, we'll see what happens on the 8th and on the 15th. the meeting will be held in silver spring, md btw.
Mary Pat

Silver Spring, MD

#22 Jul 1, 2013
Barbara wrote:
The way I heard it, the people who are crying about the chain in the driveway are the ones trying to increase the property values by way of official road access before they sell out to a developer. Most of those people complaining have not lived on the properties for many years.
so what? a lot of people have property they don't live on..
even middle class folks like me...it's just a little security
knowing that it's there if things go wrong and you need a bolt hole..we're talking over a hundred years here!! Good grief...btw the way are you being paid to be in this forum by the developers?

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