An important fact omitted in “Hearing on Stevenson Chabad Begins” (July 3) is the danger that the proposed location poses to both Chabad congregants and the neighboring community. The lot is located within a dangerous stretch of Stevenson Road, along a blind curve leading from the south (Garrison Farms Road) and atop a blind hill leading from the north (Old Valley Road). It also sits directly across from a stop sign at the bottom of hilly Keyser Road — a sign that drivers often creep beyond to look for traffic coming from both blind areas.
There is currently little street lighting and no shoulder or sidewalks along Stevenson for pedestrian use. The lives of congregants walking in the road will be put at unnecessary risk. We hope that the Ariel Jewish Center and Synagogue recognizes the danger that this particular lot poses and selects another site that guarantees greater safety for its members.