BOONSBORO, Md. (WDVM) – It’s been on the drawing board for over a year. Brandon Green’s proposed tourist retreat and conference center in the Boonsboro, Maryland countryside. But not everyone is on board with the project.
With so much interest in Washington County’s tourism development, why not turn the quiet and peaceful farmlands of Green and historic structures into bed and breakfasts and retreats for local businesses looking for a unique setting away from the office.
“It’s the opportunity to allow tourists to come and understand what it means to have a farm, where your food comes from and how it all works,” said Green.
Kelsi Palmer is an advocate of Green’s proposal. She said it was unique to the region and predicts it will be very successful.
“I believe that a lot of companies don’t have a specific place to go to help them do their business,” said Palmer.
And Palmer and Green emphasize the uniqueness of the retreat. It is unrivaled in the region.
“When they sell products and have dinner here,” says Palmer, “most things are sourced locally.”
Not everyone in the neighborhood is convinced of the idea. They are concerned about possible noise, increased traffic and environmental impact. However, Green wants to reassure the region that he is committed to being a good neighbor.
“We also invest heavily in environmental protection,” said Green, “rainwater management systems and all kinds of environmental systems to support the environmental impact we have here on the farm.”
The project has been on the drawing board for over a year. Green said he had already compromised his original plan – no longer events that bring large conference groups to the property, but instead focused on smaller gatherings.
Washington County will hold hearings on the proposal this spring. There is now a community forum in Boonsboro on January 24th at 7pm at the American Legion. And Palmer said Green met with business and community leaders in the area to convince them that this project can be a win-win for tourism and economic growth.