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Re: NIMBY Tribunal, “Bright Lights, Big City,” 4/26:

What people in Takoma Park are really complaining about is a plan by Montgomery County to move a 76-year-old woman and her 91-year-old husband and a single mother with three young children out of their homes to make way for a parking lot for the proposed new city fire station.

I will be more than happy to give anyone from the Washington City Paper who contacts me a tour of the site, including the existing Takoma Park fire station, the two occupied houses that are at risk of demolition by Montgomery County, and the existing city-owned parking lot located less than 100 feet from the existing fire station. An alternative plan for the parking lot for the proposed new fire station that is being promoted by Takoma Park citizens and two members of the seven-member Takoma Park City Council would preserve both of the houses. The Takoma Park City Council and Montgomery County are scheduled to vote on the County plan or the alternative plan on May 6.

Takoma Park, Md.