I received news about a possible development of an 1812 encampment site in Benedict. See the information below. Communication from the heritage community (contact info in the last paragraph) could help save this site!
A proposal for a 125-foot T-Mobile flagpole-style communications tower in Benedict is currently under review. The tower location is 7087 Bluebird Hill Place. Below are details on the site as noted in the staff report for the Board's consideration.
* The proposed site of the 125-ft. tower is believed to be the site of the War of 1812 British encampment during the invasion of Benedict in 1814. The site is also part of or adjacent to another historic site, a Union African American Recruitment and Training site known as Camp Stanton. Therefore, the site likely includes significant historical, cultural, and archeological resources as outlined in the Benedict Cultural Resource Survey and Context Study completed in July 2009. Additional significant historic sites are located in the vicinity of the proposed tower. http://www.charlescounty.org/webdocs/pgm/publications/planning/benedict
* The proposed tower is highly visible from MD 231, which is part of the National Star-Spangled Scenic Byway as well as the Federal designated Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail. http://www.nps.gov/stsp/index.htm; http://www.byways.org/explore/byways/2274/
* Charles County has completed a preliminary concept plan for Benedict as part of the overall Waterfront Development Initiatives. The concept identifies the War of 1812 Heritage Area and proposes a bus loop and parking area just south of the proposed tower site in the State-owned property, Indian Creek Natural Resource Management Area.
* Per the direction of the Charles County Commissioners, Charles County will be initiating a Revitalization Plan for Benedict in the summer of 2010.
The project is scheduled for review by the Board of Appeals on May 25th at 7pm. As you know, the final decision to approve or deny this application rests with the Board of Appeals. Therefore, if the community is not in support of this proposal, it is important to let that be known at or before the hearing. Comments can be submitted to the Clerk of the Board of Appeals, Carrol Everett at EverettC@...
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