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Background, Purpose & Goals
During the preparation of the Subregion 5 and Subregion 6 master plans, approved in the fall of 2009, residents expressed concerns that new and planned development located at the Brandywine Crossing Shopping Center and the Villages of Timothy Branch will negatively impact the existing, older, established community along Brandywine Road in the vicinity of the railroad tracks. More recently, additional suburban and commercial development proposed to be located adjacent to the study area, in the Stephens Crossing application, has added to citizens concerns about the viability of the existing Brandywine community.
Community members expressed a desire to preserve and strengthen the older commercial area and surrounding neighborhoods. To revitalize the commercial area along MD 381, suggestions were made to promote tourism around historic properties and grow new businesses appropriate to the scale and character of the community. The purpose of the Brandywine Revitalization and Preservation Study is to provide strategies and recommendations that stakeholders can use to realize, over time, a unique, viable community, distinct from the larger Brandywine community in that it capitalizes on a historic, small town character. The primary, near term focus is to improve the look and function of the commercial area along Brandywine Road, and address pedestrian safety and circulation.
The goals of this project are to: