Town House Development Receives Board's Approval

Plans Call For 52 Homes In Dorsey's Search

January 22, 1992|By Erik Nelson | Erik Nelson,Staff writer

Final plans for a new subdivision of 52 town houses in Dorsey's Search village in Columbia received county Planning Board approval yesterday.

The board approved a site development plan for the as-yet unnamed development on 4.4 acres off Columbia Road on the former site ofAllview Golf Course.

Columbia Builders hopes to sell the homes in the low- to mid-$140,000 range, said Ted Wies, the company's project manager.

Construction is expected to begin around the end of next month or early March, with models opening in mid- to late-April, Wies said.

Forty of the town homes will have garages, while the other 12 will have a fourth bedroom instead of a garage on the ground floor.

A development plan for the same property was approved in October 1990 for Troutman Communities, but the company decided to relinquish its option to develop the property because of economic conditions two months later, explained the company's owner, John L. Troutman.

The development is one of the last to be built on the site of the former Allview Golf Course, which was shut down in 1985 so the Rouse Co. could sell portions of the land to town house, apartment and condominium developers.

The company's Columbia Development arm, Howard Research and Development, still owns a similar parcel intended for town homes next to the Columbia Builders project.

The Columbia Association, which controls the land between the developments, plans to develop a new regulation golf course on that open space. Construction on the course will probably not start until fiscal year 1994 unless the economy improves substantially.

Evelyn Richardson, who represents Dorsey's Search on the Columbia Council, which governs the association, said she is tryingto speed up that process.

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