Groffs Mill condos to be built in Owings Mills


January 27, 1991|By Edward Gunts

Ahmanson Developments Inc. has announced plans to build Groffs Mill Condominiums, a 204-unit project in Owings Mills New Town. The eight-building complex will be one of the first in Baltimore County to offer garden condominiums with parking spaces at each building that are accessible by elevator. The first residences will be ready for occupancy this fall, and prices will start around $85,000.

Niles Bolton Associates of Atlanta is the architect for Groffs Mill, and Groffs Mill Development Inc. is the builder. The condominiums will have brick exteriors with cedar siding and will face landscaped courtyards. Each residence will have nine-foot ceilings, a private balcony or patio, quarry tile entry foyers, heat pumps and central air conditioning. Options include fireplaces and microwave ovens.

A sales center for the project is open on Groffs Mill Drive in Owings Mills, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday.

* The development group that has begun leasing apartments inside the 125-unit Henderson's Wharf building in Fells Point is looking at a possible new project in the Baltimore area, the conversion of the Oella Mill in western Baltimore County.

The building has been on the market for several years and could be converted to 100 to 120 apartments and some first-level retail space.

Richard Holland, president of Richland Realty Co. of Atlanta, a partner in the $20 million Henderson's Wharf project, said he does not have the Oella Mill under contract but has looked at it several times and is conducting feasibility studies to determine whether to acquire it.

"We think it's worth looking at further, and we are spending preliminary time analyzing the deal to see whether it is feasible," he said. "We're in need of one or possibly two projects for 1991, and that's high on our list."

Around the region:

* Developers Lowrie Sargent and J. P. Bolduc are general partners of Hewitt Farm Associates, a group that is building Hewitt Farms, a community of 94 single-family residences on a 32-acre parcel in Owings Mills. Hewitt Farm Associates is developing Hewitt Farms for Ryland Homes. It is Mr. Sargent's second project with Ryland, after a 189-acre, 76-unit development in western Baltimore County called Offutt Ridge. More information about Hewitt Farms is available from Ryland at 821-5311.

* Baltimore's Home Ownership Institute has released a schedule of home-buying seminars it will be holding this year at the Enoch Pratt Central Library, 400 Cathedral Street. The seminars will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. on the following dates: Feb. 5, March 5, April 2, May 7, June 4 and July 2. Seats may be reserved through the Home Ownership Institute office at 396-3124.

* Meredith Gallery at 805 N. Charles St. has opened a display of

residential architecture featuring drawings by a number of local architects. "Quality of Life: A Contemporary View of Residential Architecture," will run through Feb. 28. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

* Representatives from the School 181 Partnership recently held an open house to mark completion of the Frederick Douglass Apartments, a 100-unit complex created inside the former city high school at 1645 North Calhoun Street. The development group includes Sanford Bensky, Alvin Blank, Harry Prushansky and Otis Warren. Bensky Construction Inc. was the builder, and David Shull the architect.

About 60 of the apartments already have been leased, and the Frederick Douglass Alumni Association is currently working to restore the old school auditorium for use as a community Cultural Arts Theater.

* J. P. Blase Cooke, president of Harkins Builders, has received the Founders Award from the Baltimore Corporation for Housing Partnerships.

* Columbia Design Collective has named Susan Lee Boyle a principal of the firm and director of interior design and space planning services. It also named Thomas K. Bauley an associate of the firm.

* Carolynne R. Shumate has joined O'Conor, Piper & Flynn Realtors and will be working out of its Greenspring sales office at 10807 Falls Road in Lutherville.

* Mary Beth Greene has joined Gilbert D. Marsiglia & Co. Inc. as a residential sales agent.

* H & S Properties purchased four acres at Junction Business Park in Hanover to be the site of a 4,500-square-foot warehouse and depot for H&S Bakery products. The landlord is Emory Hill Development. James A. Callahan and William H. Conkling of W. C. Pinkard & Co. negotiated the transaction.

* Timothy Zulick has joined W. C. Pinkard & Co., as a commercial real estate appraiser.

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