A Rockville woman is using an argument rooted in Maryland’s colonial days in a lawsuit that seeks to block the proposed Silverwood project on Frederick Avenue, The Gazette reported this week.
On Tuesday, a Montgomery County Circuit Court judge ruled that the Rockville City Council may intervene in the case, according to online court records. The council voted 4-1 on Jan. 9 to have the city attorney represent Rockville.
Cathy Scott says her ancestors could be buried on the property near where Silverwood/Shady Grove LLC intends to build a six-story 417-unit apartment building with ground floor retail on the 4.3-acre former Reed Brothers Dodge site at 15955 Frederick Road, The Gazette reported. That would give her access rights to the site, she argued.
The state’s Office of Cemetery Oversight’s website states that: “A person who is related by blood or marriage or who has a cultural affiliation with a person interred in a burial site may request that the owner of the burial site or of the land encompassing a burial site grant reasonable access to the burial site for purposes of restoring, maintaining, or viewing the burial site.”
In a Jan. 27 filing in Montgomery County Circuit Court, Scott, who lives in King Farm, says she is a descendant of Ralph Crabb, who purchased property that includes the Frederick Road site in 1722, The Gazette reported.
An attorney for Silverwood told The Gazette that the developer believes Scott’s petition is without merit.
Scott and former Rockville Mayor Larry Giammo have filed separate petitions for judicial review of decisions by the city. Scott's seeks a review of the council's decision to annex the property. Giammo's seeks a review of the city Planning Commission's approval of the project.
Giammo told The Sentinel in December that his problem stems largely from his belief that the approval decision was not consistent with the city’s Adequate Public Facilities Ordinance. The ordinance seeks to ensure that transportation infrastructure, public schools, fire and emergency service and water and sewer service, can sufficiently handle the impact of new development.
The city’s Planning Commission voted Nov. 30 not to reconsider its Oct. 26 approval of the project, The Gazette reported.
Scott had requested the reconsideration, citing concerns about added traffic the development would bring.
Traffic and noise due to the project’s proximity to the Shady Grove solid waste transfer station and the Shady Grove Metro station were at the heart of more than five hours of debate by the Planning Commission on Oct. 26, Metro Business Media reported.