Getting local: Oakland Mills, the Verona Apartments and you!

An updated version of the links and info is here.

Have you heard about the Verona Apartments in Oakland Mills and the HoCo Housing Commission’s plans to purchase the complex? There’s a lot going on. A lot of blog posts, newspaper articles, emails and more. There’s concern and confusion, excitement and forward-thinking. There’s also a walking tour of the area and a bus ride and tour of a similar project; there’s a community meeting in Oakland Mills. And there’s opportunity aplenty for you to get involved.

Read. Blog. Tweet. Chime in. Come to the walking tour, take photos and do a photo story. Or create some Vine or YouTube videos. Or a compilation. I’m figuring the walking tour could be a lot of fun and that it will be rather social. (I’m betting you’re likely to meet at least a few local bloggers, some reporters, elected officials, candidates and local civil servants working for the HoCoGov.) Plus, there are refreshments to be had. So, get local. Be local. There’s no one else to care about this community — our community — except us, and that includes you. 

Here’s some info to get you going.

Forward ho!


  • Walking Tour – Sunday, Nov 17th, 1 pm – The County will be hosting a walking tour about the future of the Oakland Mills Village Center and  areas for potential enhancements. A tour of the Verona Apartments, the village and surrounding areas will be done on foot; that’s part one. Part two is a group bus ride (yes, you can drive your own car) over to Monarch Mills Apartments, upon which the County is modeling some of their plans for the Verona Apartments. Gather at the pavillion in the village center by the Columbia Bank at 1 pm. Refreshments will be served. And to reserve your spot on the group bus, please email Regina Clay at to make sure there’s a seat for you on the bus. This event ends at 3 pm. Find more info about the walking tour here.
  • Village Meeting – Tuesday, Nov. 19th, 7:30 pm at The Other Barn in the Oakland Mills Village Center – Meet with County officials to hear more about their plans for Verona Apartments and the village center; it’s an opportunity to learn, engage, express and get more informed.

Twitter hashtags to use and/or follow

Blog posts

Oakland Mills communication

Newspaper articles & letters to the ed

Government & Commission links

Verona Apartments links

Note: This post is updated. I originally and mistakenly thought this property was the same as the notorious Copperhead Apartments (now Forest Ridge). And this mistake is from someone who has lived in Oakland Mills chunks of her life including all of her childhood; from someone whose office space was in the Oakland Mills Village Center for ten years and right across the street from the apartment complex! I apologize for any confusion I might have caused.


4 thoughts on “Getting local: Oakland Mills, the Verona Apartments and you!

  1. karen Lynn says:

    Jessie, just to make sure people understand the basic information. The Verona is NOT what used to be Copperstone. Copperstone is now called Forest Ridge. It is still 100%low income subsidized housing. The Verona Apartments are next door and across the street, basically surrounding Forest Ridge. Forest Ridge would not change, but Verona would..

    • Thanks, Karen. I updated the post with that correction. And I apologize. I asked another person to review my post before I published it, but neither of us were the experts in the room. But the mistake is corrected now. As I wrote in my post, I have lived in Oakland Mills most of my life including almost all of my childhood and my office space was in the Oakland Mills Village Center for ten years and right across the street from the apartment complex! I’ve had friends who lived in what is now the Verona Apts and I just always assumed the white buildings were all one complex.

  2. Thanks, Jessie. Nice job compiling this information and rectifying the “disjointed conversation” that has occurred around this issue. Now the HoCo needs to learn about this resource. I’ll do my part by sharing.

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