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WEST COUNTY

October 22, 1992

Developer switches to townhouse plan in Crofton as condominium demand slows

Because of slack demand for condominiums, a developer is revising plans for part of a 16-acre subdivision in Crofton.

Ameribanc Investors Group Inc. of Annandale, Va. has the county's permission to build 138 townhouse units where it had first planned to put up 198 condominium apartments in a portion of the Walden development.

Ameribanc has completed about a third of 1,030 single family, condominium and townhouse units it has permission to build in Walden, which also includes an 18-hole golf course and clubhouse.

According to a decision released by the county Office of Administrative Hearings, the developer asked to change the plans "due to the recessionary effects of the economy." The condominium plan is no longer realistic, the developer said, while "market studies indicate that townhouses are now very much in demand."

Gerald Fitzgerald, Ameribanc vice president for real estate and finance, said it took nearly three years to sell 72 condominiums in an adjoining section of Walden. As a result, the developers decided to switch to three-story townhouses, which will probably sell for about $145,000 and up. Construction is expected to begin next spring or summer, Mr. Fitzgerald said.

Administrative Hearing Officer Robert Wilcox granted approval to change the design and placement of the townhouses without seeking permission from his office, so long as the design is approved by the planning and zoning office.

Crofton man, 31, hit with plastic chair

A Crofton man was assaulted by three men Sunday in Pioneer City.

A 31-year-old man told police he was jumped by three men on the sidewalk of the 8600 block of Pioneer Drive at 11:37 p.m. He said he was beaten with a plastic chair.

The victim was treated and released from North Arundel Hospital, police said. He could not give a com

plete description of his assailants.

POLICE LOG

* Odenton: Golf clubs were stolen from a back porch in the 1200 block of Winer Road Friday or Saturday.

* Harmans:Eight guitars and several pieces of musical equipment were stolen between Friday and Monday from a home in the first block of Hanford Road.

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