Rose Hill Civic Association
P.O. Box 10891
Franconia, Va. 22310

January 24, 2003

Stephen L. Morris
Managing Member
Morris Construction Company, LLC
P.O. Box 30113
Alexandria, VA 22310

Dear Steve:

This letter is in response to your letter of January 7, 2003 concerning the proposed development of Highland Estates. First, I want to assure you that the concerns of the Rose Hill Civic Association have nothing to do with the outstanding reputation of Morris Construction Company in the Franconia area. Your excellent products eloquently speak for themselves.

Our concern is not with the homes you propose to build. It is the soil on which they will be built.

The horror stories of damage to foundations and exterior walls of houses in Rose Hill are well documented. Many of our residents have spent thousands of dollars to repair damage caused by the so-called ‘marine clay’. Those who live near your proposed development are fearful that disturbance of the site will affect their homes.

There are other undeveloped sites in Rose Hill that are a continuing concern. What happens at Highland Estates could have an impact on other sections of the community. Therefore, we want to make sure our concerns are presented and answered in each case.

In your letter, you make the statement that Law Engineering has advised you that adjacent properties will become even more secure once development of Highland Estates is completed. After receipt and evaluation of the answer from the County to our letter of December 17, 2002, we will be asking that your development team meet with the Association to explain how the steps you are taking will mitigate potential problems. We will invite adjacent homeowners to that meeting.


Carl L. Sell, Jr.
Rose Hill Civic Association

cc:    Supervisor Kauffman
        R.C. Fields, Jr.

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