Local housing construction activity may have slowed to trickle as a result of the recession, but that hasn't stopped developer Alex Sotir from launching a new community in South Baltimore.
Mr. Sotir opened a model this month for his 28-unit, $2.6 million "Inner Circle" development, one of the few non-subsidized housing projects under construction anywhere in Baltimore. When he got his construction permits in March, the project was the only one given a permit that month.
And one of the main reasons Mr. Sotir feels confident enough to proceed is that he can deliver his houses at a base price affordable to many first-time buyers: $85,900.
The community of 14 two-story duplex houses at 1100 to 1129 Inner Circle is part of the stable Brooklyn Manor community of row houses and detached houses just south of Patapsco Avenue in South Baltimore. Close to the Myers Soccer Pavilion, it also borders 25 acres of city parkland.
"There aren't many construction sites like this left in the city," said Mr. Sotir, who heads Sotir Construction Co. "This is a well-established neighborhood, and we expect that many of our VTC buyers will be young people who grew up in this area and moved away and now want to come back here to live."
Mr. Sotir said he acquired the 2-acre parcel from a local engineer, who assembled it several years ago by persuading several area families to sell parts of their property to create one development site.
The houses come in two- or three-bedroom models and have nearly 1,100 square feet of space, plus full basements. They are modular homes built by North American Modular Corp. of Frederick and can be upgraded with options such as decks and fireplaces. Some will have views of the Inner Harbor from second-story windows, and all have sizable side and rear yards.
Don Dove of Prudential Preferred Properties is the sales agent. The model is open Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. and by appointment. More information is available from Prudential at 544-6677.
* * Architect William Pedersen of Kohn Pedersen Fox will discuss his work in a public lecture Tuesday starting at 7:30 p.m. at the Baltimore Museum of Art. Tickets are available at the door or in advance from the Baltimore chapter of the American Institute of Architects at 625-2585.
* The fourth annual meeting of the Friends of Maryland's Olmsted Parks & Landscapes Inc. will be held Thursday starting at 7:30 p.m. in the auditorium of Union Memorial Hospital, 201 E. University Parkway.