Global Mission Church not appropriate for rural community
I am very disappointed that Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett has endorsed this detrimental Global Mission Church building project, because the church is not in keeping with the agricultural landscape in Montgomery and Frederick counties. I believe Mr. Leggett has been misinformed about the church, its congregants and what the church does. I am familiar with the church and its involvement with the Korean-American community in the Maryland area, and it does a lot of good things for the people who live 30 to 40 minutes south of Frederick County. It does not make sense to build a church so far away from its members. This church is very active, and its members participate in church activities all week long, not twice on Sundays. The membership of this church will create more traffic all week along in the immediate region, which is rural.
There is no adequate infrastructure available to support the proposed Global Mission Church. There is no public water available to sustain the members attending the church who mostly reside elsewhere in Montgomery. Proposing limitations on the use of water and septic is not enforceable. The farmers in this region depend on the water for their livelihoods as well as for producing crops that get sold in the D.C. metro area. The road leading to the proposed church is a country road, which will not be adequate to support the traffic of people attending service.
This church is not consistent with the historical landscape as well as the agricultural landscape. Its visual footprint will be an eyesore in the pristine Sugarloaf Mountain region. Building this church will undoubtedly spur more encroachment and destroy wildlife and the natural and historical landscape. Haven't we done enough to destroy the natural landscape in Montgomery and Frederick counties? Sugarloaf Mountain is a historical Civil War site and should be treated with the same respect as the famous battlefields in the Civil War, and development should not negatively impact the region as this church would undoubtedly do.
Eleanor Kotler, Dickerson