Much more than 800 individuals have questioned to pause options to construct a new K-8 school at the intersection of Fort Washington Highway and East Swan Creek Highway.

FORT WASHINGTON, Md. — There is a petition developing on line about plans to develop a new K-8 faculty in Prince George’s County.

The proposed school setting up is scheduled to be created at the corner of Fort Washington Street and East Swan Creek Street.

As of Wednesday early morning, extra than 800 individuals have signed a petition to protest the developing.

“The citizens of the Tantallon place of Fort Washington, MD oppose the making of a 2000 college student college on the 23 acre wooded ton at the corner of Fort Washington & East Swan Creek Roadways. This development would have a great affect on the environmentally tranquil region by introducing elevated flooding, targeted visitors, mild and noise air pollution to the bordering neighborhoods,” organizers wrote on the on line petition.

For the past five weekends, property owners gathered in the Tantallon area to protest the proposed school area.

Ed Burroughs, a member of the Prince George’s County Board of Education representing District 8, was at Saturday’s march conversing with property owners.

In a letter sent to the Main Executive Officer of the Prince George’s County General public Universities on March 23rd, 2021, board member Edward Burroughs wrote “I am crafting to express worries that I have obtained from associates of the local community relating to the proposed web page for the new Southern Place K-8 University. These associates lifted a wide range of problems in around an hour lengthy trade concerning constituents and some of their elected officers.”

The letter went on to say “Members of the community have expressed a strong wish to quickly suspend building exercise surrounding the Southern Location K-8 School in buy to make it possible for the Board Chair to convene the proposed stakeholder meeting and explore substitute spots for the university. I support the group in their ask for and I hope that the ask for for a pause in the development of this site can be granted. I appear ahead to continuing to do the job with you to properly develop a new Southern Place K-8 center university although also addressing the flooding and traffic problems elevated by users of the local community.”


Some home owners fear that tearing down acres of wooded location will maximize flooding in a neighborhood presently inclined to floods. They get worried the difficulty will get drastically even worse when building begins.

“We’ve experienced repeated flooding, redoing the total basement, getting rid of lots of treasured images. My late husband was in the navy and had awards that you feel would be preserved so they would be protected. We also dropped family members photos and memorabilia,” reported Fort Washington property owner Dr. Flavia Walton.

Other house owners fear about the influence on visitors. The proposed site is close to Indian Head Freeway, a roadway recognised to be unsafe.

“Being here on Swan Creek Highway, if you are right here at any time of the day, cars appear down right here at minimum 50 miles per hour so it is not safe and sound for our residents nor is it harmless for any of the small children,” stated property owner Anthony Mitchell.

Now some owners are trying to delay design until finally they can operate out these issues.

“They want to quit and they have to have to go by means of a detailed unbiased evaluation of wherever we are as a local community and what needs to be carried out,” claimed property owner Brian Woolfolk.

Connected: Neighbors in Fort Washington location share ongoing fears about flooding that has lasted many a long time

In a assertion posted on the internet, District 8 Councilmember Monique Anderson-Walker requested for a thorough review to be accomplished before construction commences.

“Flooding in South County is a historical and resource-draining scourge all over District 8. My considerations with this task have often been directed at the flooding impression on the citizens who dwell in closest proximity to the faculty on Swan Creek Highway, as effectively as the possible for elevated flooding in bordering neighborhoods,” explained Anderson-Walker. “Making certain the task planners are giving Just about every thing to consider to environmental, targeted traffic, and flood mitigation strategies and answers through engagement with the neighborhood, unbiased third-get-togethers, and an aim investigation of the school’s master prepare and proposed stormwater administration plan, is paramount,” Councilmember Monique Anderson-Walker wrote on March 28th, 2021.


It is a subject some property owners in the Fort Washington region plan to examine with university board leaders at the Tantallon Sq. Civic Affiliation meeting Wednesday night.

WUSA9 arrived at out to the Prince George’s County Faculty District and have not nevertheless listened to again.

There is yet another protest scheduled in the Fort Washington community for this upcoming Saturday.

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