State lawmakers seek review of Harford County project

Source: The Baltimore Sun

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State lawmakers have asked Harford County to halt development of a townhouse community in Joppatowne that an Ahmadi Muslim group promoted as being built for members of the sect.

In a letter to County Executive Barry Glassman this month, Republican Dels. Rick Impallaria, Kathy Szeliga and Pat McDonough urged the county to stop issuing permits for the homes — which are already being built along the Gunpowder River — “until a full investigation has been completed.”

The development, known as both River Run and Old Trails, has sparked concern among some nearby residents as well as numerous questions for state and local officials at community meetings.

Some residents have said they worry the new community could discriminate against non-Muslims, while one man at a recent public meeting questioned whether suspicion of the project was based on Islamophobia.

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