Hi. I just received this piece of news from a member of the Broadlands MOM's Club. I thought I would pass this on as there will be a Board Meeting on Tuesday, 10/23 at 6 PM at the Lakes Recreation Center on Cheltenham Circle. It may be wise to have Broadlands HOA representation to hear/voice any concerns to the impact this will have to our neighbourhood. The details of the original email are below. Note that messages have modified to protect previous senders. Thank you. CDNjess You can link to the original article here: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/10/20/AR2007102000018.html -------------------- (ORIGINAL EMAIL) Hi Ladies, My husband just sent me this email from a friend of ours about the homeless shelter planned for Ashburn Road in Old Town, near the firehouse. I thought some of you might be interested in attending the meeting on the 23rd. Rachael -------------- Forwarded Message: -------------- Subject: Fw: [MOMSClubofAshburnVA] Good Shepherd Aliiance homeless shelter Date: Mon, 22 Oct 2007 13:44:57 +0000 Subject Fw: [MOMSClubofAshburnVA] Good Shepherd Aliiance homeless shelter FYI...........by t! he dance center off Ashburn Rd. ------------------------- Sent: Mon, 22 Oct 2007 9:13 am Subject: Fwd: [MOMSClubofAshburnVA] Good Shepherd Aliiance homeless shelter Hello Bleu Dance, I thought you would be interested in the below discussion about a homeless meal center, shower location, and thrift shop next to the Ashburn Studio. The site will expand to 7,000 sq. ft. directly behind the dance studio and may cause some concern. The below discussion mentions a 10/23 meeting in Ashburn Village about the plans... http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/10/20/AR2007102000018.html -----Original Message----- Sent: Sun, 21 Oct 2007 10:59 pm Subject: [MOMSClubofAshbur! n] Good Shepherd Aliiance homeless shelter Ladies, BR> A parent on my son's soccer team sent out an email tonight about the new Good Shepherd Alliance homeless shelter that is about to be built on Ashburn Road (behind the fire station). I am copying his email to share the information with you. This shelter is something you should be aware of. There will be a board meeting on the matter on Tues. 10/23 at 6 PM at the Lakes Recreation Center on Cheltenham Circle. The opening of the shelter was detailed in the Washington Post's Loudoun Extra today. This new facility was made out to be just a thrift store and administrative offices, but will actually serve the daily needs of homeless individuals, some who have been released from prison and have nowhere else to go. Sincerely, Carol C. ASHBURN RESIDENTS: THIS EMAIL REFERS TO THE NEW HOMELESS SHELTER ABOUT TO BE BUILT ON ASHBURN ROAD. THE CONTENT IN THIS EMAIL AFFECTS ALL OF US THROUGHOUT ASHBURN, VA. PLEASE FOR! WARD IT ON TO AS MANY ASHBURN RESIDENTS AS POSSIBLE. WE CANNOT LET THIS NEW CENTER, WHICH HAS BEEN SUPPORTED BY MANY OF OUR REPRESENTATIVES, ENDANGER OUR CHILDREN AND DEGRADE OUR PROPERTY VALUES! PLEASE COME TO THE ASHBURN VILLAGE BOARD MEETING TO VOICE YOUR CONCERNS ON TUES. OCT. 23 AT 6PM AT THE LAKES RECREATION CENTER ON CHELTENHAM CIRCLE. Ms. Waters... In today's Washington Post Loudoun Extra, some of the residents (not nearly as many that will in the coming days) in our community just found out about the groundbreaking for a homeless shelter for the Good Shepherd Alliance. In previous articles in Leesburg Today and Loudoun Easterner, it was made out to be just a thrift store and a place for administrative offices for GSA. Now, according to the article, it will actually serve the daily needs of homeless individuals and, in some cases, people who have just been released from prison who have nowhere else to go. And, ! according to today's article in the Post, we understand there are plans to expand the facility. LET ME BE CLEAR: We believe the approval of and true intent of this facility has been deliberately kept under the radar so as to push it through without communicating the facility's purpose with Ashburn residents. We believe the center, our representatives, and Toll Brothers has purposefully not engaged in any significant community outreach about this facility. My wife and I have been residents of Ashburn Village for seven years, but four years ago we moved to a single family house on Blue Water Ct. This street is right behind the small strip plaza on old Ashburn Rd. with a 7-Eleven in it. Since that strip mall has been added, we have seen a significant increase of foot traffic on our street and vandalism to our homes and property. Of most concern is foot traffic from a hidden place near the north side of the fence behin! d the p laza, which runs right through our neighbor's backyard and into our street's cul-de-sac. This is where our children play. People cut through our neighbor's backyard, go into the cul-de-sac, and walk down our street. Just a week ago, I witnessed two individuals walk onto our street, sit on the curb, and make a phone call. After about 30 minutes, a van arrived and picked them up. They obviously had to reason to be walking our streets. We fear this will happen to us in greater frequency if the new center is opened, putting our children and adult residences at risk and reducing our property values. Tonight, a petition is circulating expressing extreme displeasure about the new center. We have signed that petition as have almost all of our neighbors that know about the center, even though many of us just found out about it tonight. We are aware that there is an Ashburn Village board meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 23 at 6pm (at t! he Lake s Recreation Ctr. on Cheltenham Circle). I can assure you there will be many of us in attendance at that meeting. In addition, I would like an opportunity to speak with you about this as well. Thank you for your time and consideration. Jeff and Sherry L.