Ground broken on first New Windsor development since the end of World War II NORTHWEST -- Taneytown * Union Bridge * New Windsor * Uniontown

February 12, 1993|By Traci A. Johnson | Traci A. Johnson,Staff Writer

County Commissioner Elmer Lippy joined town officials yesterday in a groundbreaking ceremony for Blue Ridge Manor, the first of five new building projects in town in the next few years.

"There hasn't been any development work done here since Lambert Avenue went in around the end of World War II, and that was just the street," said Town Clerk Richard Warehime, who has been on the job for 45 years.

"They put up a few houses here and there, but it wasn't done all at the same time," Mr. Warehime said.

"This is the first groundbreaking ceremony to be held in New Windsor that I've ever heard of," said Mayor James C. Carlisle. "This land has been annexed since 1972 and it's just getting around to being developed."

Commissioner Lippy and Mr. Carlisle each placed a foot on a gold-painted shovel, pressed it into the ground and lifted the first bit of earth on which will sit, if all goes well, 12 single-family homes within a year.

The 47-acre tract of land, between Rowe Road, Springdale Avenue and Old New Windsor Pike, is being developed by the New Windsor Partnership.

The partnership, headed by brothers Bill and Mel Schneider and Jeff Adams, was organized specifically to develop this land, which the partners bought three years ago.

This is their first development.

"This is the culmination of three years of hard work," said Mr. Adams, who along with the Schneider brothers spent the bulk of the three years initiating the town officials in to development rituals they hadn't been a part of in nearly 50 years.

"There will be 84 homes in the development, but we are only working on 12 for this phase of the project," Mr. Adams said.

Mel Schneider said the homes, which will sit on 1/3 -acre lots, will cost $140,000 to $150,000.

"That's the range we're looking at, but we have to get together with the builder to be sure," Mr. Schneider said. "We should have the final items we need approved in about month and can begin building work then."

The partners first brought the idea of developing the area to the Town Council in May 1991.

After realizing the town's lagoon system could not handle the proposed development, the partnership spent $75,000 upgrading the sewage-treatment plant -- a job the town's engineers thought would cost $660,000.

Before the other four developers begin their projects, the New Windsor Partnership has agreed to build a pumping station near the houses that will move sewage uphill to the treatment plant.

Once the lagoon obstacle was hurdled, the developers couldn't seem to reach a water agreement with the town and the other developers interested in building in New Windsor.

Town officials and New Windsor Partnership members said a compromise is being worked out with the other four developers.

"It's been the hardest thing I've ever done in my life," said Bill Schneider. "But now it is all coming together."

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