Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2007

Brookeville closer to new outdoor common

Landscaper selected to add park-like setting at east end of town

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The Brookeville Town Commission on Monday took the community a step closer to its newest amenity.

The commissioners selected Slater Associates Inc. to create a park-like setting on property recently deeded to the town as part of the Powers’ Woods subdivision.

After issuing a request for proposal, the town commissioners and planning commissioners met with three contractors to review their proposals. The Brookeville Planning Commission chose to award the contract to Slater Associates, and the Town Commission approved the motion at its Monday meeting.

The Columbia-based landscaping⁄architecture firm was chosen based on the contents of its proposal and the variety of projects it has completed throughout the area, including several historical properties.

‘‘I think this is going to be a huge thing for the town,” Commission President Richard Allan said. ‘‘This gives us the opportunity to connect history with the environment.”

Allan said this is the first opportunity the town has had to create a new common area.

The property, which is approximately two acres, will connect to the recently restored schoolhouse through a ‘‘nature and history trail,” which will preserve the church ruins, the Thomas Millrace and the Powers memorial plaque on the east end of town.

‘‘In terms of impact, this project is one of the biggest we commissioners have undertaken,” Allan said. ‘‘This will increase mobility for the residents of the town, which is what the community should be about.”

The project will also include creating an improved parking area for those visiting the schoolhouse, nestled in the woods at the end of North Street. The structure is one of the last-remaining one-room schoolhouses in Montgomery County and dates back to the 1860s.

In other Brookeville news, the town commissioners on Monday appointed resident Paul Geib to the Brookeville Planning Commission, bringing the total number of members to seven.

Geib also serves as the town clerk.