HAMPSTEAD — Several dozen couples waited in line over Friday night for a chance to buy 38 lots at a development here.
There had been 150 potentialbuyers on a waiting list for the lots, and the developer, Masonry Contractors Inc., decided the fairest way to sell them was on a first-come, first-served basis Saturday.
The basic, Shaker-style, single-family home starts at $96,400, said Martin K. P. Hill, Masonry Contractors owner.
"In the price range that we offer housing, there is definitely a shortage of stock," said Hill.
Beverly Love of Owings Mills and her husband, Josef, were ninth in line and kept their spot by spending the night in a borrowed van.
"It's kind of crazy, when you think about it," said Love.
Some said it was a good opportunity to get to know their future neighbors.
"This is worth spending the night," said Mark Peppler of Baltimore.
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MOUNT AIRY -- The Town Council voted Monday to approve a developer's request for annexation of 4.6 acres into the town.
The council also approved a request by Main Street Limited Partnership that the land north of Horpel Drive and east of North Main Street be zoned residential. The council approved a separate request from the partnership for rezoning of a adjacent two-acre parcel in the town from low-density to medium-density zoning.
The council announced the withdrawal of a request forrezoning of about 13 acres behind the Mount Airy Shopping Center from commercial to residential.
The property owner, Merridale GardensLimited Partnership Inc., had requested rezoning from commercial to the town's highest-density residential zoning.
FIREHOUSE FOR SALE
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MOUNT AIRY -- With construction of a new firehouse under way, the current one on Main Street has been put on the market.
The town's volunteer fire company came up short in efforts to sell the 34,854-square-foot building. The department then hired Mackintosh Realtors Inc. of Frederick. The building, which sits on a lot zoned community commercial, is listed for $515,000.
The county alsoagreed to assist with bonding for the $68,862 public works agreementfor the new firehouse, helping the town save about $2,000 by avoiding having to pay a premium.
The county's Office of Management and Budget was recognized with an annual award from a national association.
For the second straight year, the Chicago-based Government Financial Officers Association cited the department for its work in budget reporting during fiscal year 1992. The associationalso recognized the Office of the Comptroller for financial reporting.
SENIOR PANEL FORMING
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MOUNT AIRY -- The town is looking for volunteers to serve on a citizens committee that will study senior citizens housing issues in Mount Airy.
The committee will have seven or nine members, two of whom can be non-residents. The committee will be asked to develop recommendations for the town Planning Commission.
COUNTY BUYS LAND
The county commissioners authorized the purchase yesterday of two parcels totaling about 6.3 acresto be used for the Manchester bypass project. The price of the Miller's Station Road land, which the county will buy from Nelvic Partnership, is $122,250.
PLAN APPROVAL REQUESTED
County builders asked the county commissioners yesterday for early approval for site plans inthe Freedom district so that they can begin building the infrastructure for the area's proposed developments.
Construction in the areahas been stalled as builders wait for the Freedom District Wastewater Treatment plant to be completed and the sewer hook-up moratorium tobe lifted.
The plant, scheduled to be completed in August, is about a month ahead of schedule.
"If we wait to begin recording theseplats until August, we can't begin building for a few months, and itdoesn't pay to start in November or December," said Richard L. Hull,senior vice president of KCI Technologies in Westminster. "We will lose an entire construction year."
Builders argued that early approval would allow them to begin working and will restore Carroll construction jobs lost to the recession.
The commissioners gave tentative approval to the plan, pending a recommendation by the county Planning and Zoning Commission.