| Sustainable Developer
The Putnam County Courier
January 27, 2000
Paul Camarda is a developer who is genuinely concerned
about Putnam County.
Mr. Camarda's announcement this week that he hopes
to construct a shopping mall off I-84 where the Lake
Carmel Factory Shoppes had been proposed, was refreshing
Mr. Camarda has promised to take a step-by-step procedure
by first meeting with Kent officials as well as residents
of the area. He has also promised to discuss his plans
with environmental groups as the City of
Mr. Camarda is not looking for controversy or contentious
arguments. He has promised to proceed in a "soft
and orderly fashion."
Last summer, Konover Property Trust of North Carolina
pulled out of the project citing years of legal hassles
and resistance by environmentalists as well as neighbors.
Proponents of the original plan forecast substantial
tax dollars generated but opponents feared the loss
of property value and a high crime rate.
Mr. Camarda has promised to sit down with reasonable
people and seek reasonable solutions. We commend the
developer for his position and hope that a new chopping
mall will eventually be located off the interstate which
will reverse Putnam's uncanny ability to lose major
commercial development as we have all witnessed during
the past 35 years.