Lennox Avenue in East Towson. Photo by John Lee.

The clash between residents of an historically African American neighborhood in East Towson and a developer of affordable housing is coming down to a final legal battle.

Both sides squared off Wednesday before Administrative Law Judge Maureen Murphy, who will settle the dispute.

Some of the residents of East Towson are descendants of slaves who once labored at Hampton Plantation in Baltimore County. They fear the project threatens the existence of their neighborhood.

Nancy Goldring, who has lived in East Towson for most of her life, told the judge during Wednesday’s hearing that the Red Maple Place project, a 56 unit apartment complex, is irresponsible.

“I totally do not understand the need to destroy one community to bring another one into being,” she said.

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