Developer's 'stop-and-start' road work worries officials Uncompleted eyesore feared at Crofton town houses

July 14, 1992|By Peter Hermann | Peter Hermann,Staff Writer

Crofton officials are worried that a developer building 258 town houses won't finish widening a road and extending a sidewalk on time, leaving part of Davidsonville Road as an eyesore and still under construction.

Town Manager Jordan Harding said last week that he doesn't understand the delays.

"It's been dug up for a long time," he said. "Stop and start, stop and start. Why is it taking them so long to finish?"

Mr. Harding, who said numerous residents have complained, met with the developer and state and county officials on Thursday. The discussions mainly concerned the sidewalk.

Classic Communities, located in Bethesda, is building a town house development called Cedar Grove on 18 acres near Davidsonville Road and Route 3.

Members of the Crofton Civic Association have voiced their opposition to the project, saying the wooden siding does not match the redbrick design common in the Crofton community.

As part of the county approval, the developer must widen Davidsonville Road from Route 3 to Riedel Road and extend a sidewalk to the Crofton Middle School on the north side of Route 424.

Valerie Burnette, a spokeswoman for the State Highway Administration, said the company has until August to complete the project.

"They seem to be a little behind because of weather and utilities problems," she said. "The contractor submitted the end of August as his scheduled completion date. We would like to see it done by then."

Stephen Eckert, managing partner for Classic Communities, said the project will be finished on time, though he acknowledged it was behind schedule.

"We would have liked to have completed [work] three months ago," he said. "We wanted to be finished as quickly as possible.""

Mr. Eckert said the delays are due to bad weather and utilities that were found to be buried in the wrong place. He said a water line and a storm drainage pipe were not correctly located, and had to be moved.

He said the company is waiting for the state and county to approve its design plan for the sidewalk.

"The community would like it to be installed in time for the school opening," Mr. Eckert said.

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