The "Remember Parkhouse" group reactivated in January 2021 to oppose the non-conforming, multi-family residential/office/retail development plan that developer Scott Rifkin proposed to Upper Providence Supervisors Helene Calci and Laurie Higgins in the fall of 2020 and presented at a public meeting on January 19, 2021.
Though the ability to preserve this property as Open Space ended the second the Montgomery County Commissioners sold it, we can, and must, hold our Board of Supervisors accountable for upholding the current zoning.
A municipal election is taking place on November 2021. Two incumbent Supervisors, Helene Calci,(D) and Al Vagnozzi (R) are up for re-election. Helene Calci's running mate is Rajan Bansal (D). Tom Yeager (R) is the second candidate on the Republican slate. The rest of the current Board is Chairman Bill Starling (D), Laurie Higgins (D), and John Pearson (D). The democrats have collectively circled the wagons to protect Calci in an effort to keep Democrat control of her seat.
"Remember Parkhouse" is non-partisan, however, we recognize that politicians on our Board will be determining the fate of this property and our Board is partisan.
Helene Calci met privately with Rifkin in the fall of 2020. As Chairman of the Board, she directed the plan be placed on the January 19, 2021 agenda. In spite of living across the street from the property, she told absolutely no one of the plan's presentation. After the intense public backlash against the plan, Calci remained silent for months, content to let Laurie Higgins' letter to residents speak for her (see below) and let content Bill Starling lie about the content of Scott Rifkin's February 4, 2021 letter. She finally broke her silence on the "Remember Parkhouse" Facebook page, claiming she had always opposed a zoning change on the property. When residents rebutted her claim, asking why she shepherded the plan in, she had no answer. Instead, she directed Township staff to produce the false and misleading FAQ's, which were then included in the Township newsletter and mailed to every home in the Township.
Helene Calci will say anything to secure her re-election, and so will her running mate, Rajan Bansal.
A message must be sent to the remainder of the Board, and the only way to do that is through YOUR VOTE.
On November 2, 2021 VOTE NO ON CALCI AND BANSAL.
TELL THE BOARD NO ZONING CHANGE FOR PARKHOUSE
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