In 2005, the 110-acre Crystal Spring Farm was annexed into the City of Annapolis for the purposes of allowing large-scale mixed-use development. The owner, Janet Richardson-Pearson, along with developer Alan Hyatt, have proposed a major mixed-use development on the site that includes a Continuing Care Retirement Center (CCRC), an 80-room inn and spa, 362 age-restricted, “senior” housing units, 126 non-age-restricted townhouses, and a shopping center.
What We Lose
A myriad of wildlife can be found at Crystal Spring Farm. According to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, 222 species of birds have been documented, second only in the area to Sandy Point State Park. Crystal Spring Farm affords the best habitat quality and variety anywhere on the Annapolis Peninsula, with 82 acres of mature hardwood and mixed forest, vernal pools, scrub-shrub, riparian area, and open fields and meadows. Wild Turkeys still breed there, and until recently, such rare species as American Woodcock and Northern Bobwhite could be found on the farm. Needless to say, increased development and habitat loss in the area have driven these species away. The farm also is home to a significant deer population, and if developed, these deer will likely move to other suburban lands along Spa Road, crossing roads and creating more auto-deer collisions.