Pikeswood Village under construction

REAL ESTATE NOTES

May 02, 1993|By Edward Gunts | Edward Gunts,Staff Writer

Pikeswood Development Corp. broke ground this spring for Pikeswood Village, a 118-unit community planned for a 25-acre parcel just north of the 9400 block of Liberty Road in Randallstown.

Ryland Homes is building the three-bedroom residences: 56 detached houses with prices starting around $120,000, and 62 town houses with prices starting around $90,000. The project also includes 2 1/2 acres of open space, including a landscaped picnic area and walking paths.

"Pikeswood was conceived . . . as a community within a community and designed to merge seamlessly with nearby neighborhoods," said Sidney Emmer, president of the Pikeswood Development Corp. The company is the development arm of Sidney Emmer Builders, founded in 1987. D. S. Thaler & Associates was the land planner.

Construction of Pikeswood Village will be completed in three phases, and Ryland plans to have the first phase ready for occupancy by late summer.

Senior home repair

Nearly 100 volunteers will gather today to help repair 41 homes in the Park Heights and Randallstown communities for elderly residents, under a home repair program sponsored by CHAI, the housing and neighborhood development agency of The Associated Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore.

Twenty skilled home repair professionals and 65 members of the Young Leadership of The Associated are donating their time, and the Weinberg Foundation is covering the cost of all materials. Work ranges from painting and gutter replacement to larger repairs, such as reconstruction of a roof on one house on Gist Avenue.

Harkins Builders is replacing the roof, and Struever Bros. Eccles andRouse will build a ramp and new door opening for residents of a house on Park Heights Avenue. Other participants include: Kirby & Sons Construction Co.; Soper Enterprises; ADKIM Brothers; Brooks Management Co.; Welsh Remodeling; Whiting-Turner Contracting Co.; and City Wide Management.

The program helps elderly residents stay in their homes while also keeping their neighborhoods in good shape, said CHAI spokeswoman Elana Kuperstein. "Helping the elderly find housing has become a major goal of CHAI," she said.

Canton housing

Construction began last month for Canton Elderly Housing, a 17-unit development that is being created inside a former church hall owned by Messiah English Lutheran Church at 1024 S. Decker Ave. in East Baltimore.

The Rental Housing Production Program of Maryland's Department of Housing and Community Development approved an $868,000 loan for the project, which is being carried out as a joint venture of the church and Jubilee Housing, a nonprofit builder. Work is scheduled for completion by the end of 1993.

Historic Towson

In honor of May's designation by Gov. William Donald Schaefer as Preservation Month in Maryland, Historic Towson Inc. will sponsor an architectural walking tour of the Sheppard and Enoch Pratt Hospital led by a former medical director of the hospital, Robert Gibson, May 10 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

The hospital is located at 6501 N. Charles St. During the tour, participants will see buildings constructed between 1862 and 1891, including the familiar Gatehouse at the entrance. The tour will conclude with areception in the Casino, one of the first buildings in America to house occupational therapy activities.

The cost is $5 for Historic Towson members and $10 to nonmembers. For reservations, call Carol Allen at 823-8541.

Architectural exhibit

* The architectural firm of Kelly, Clayton & Mojzisek, Architects will display its recent work this May at the American Institute of Architects Gallery, 11 1/2 W. Chase St. An opening reception for the exhibit will be held Thursday at 5:30 p.m.

* Wor-Wic Community College will hold a groundbreaking ceremony for an academic and administration building May 18 at 2:30 p.m. at U.S. 50 and Walston Switch Road in Salisbury. Ayers Saint Gross of Baltimore is the architect for the building and master planner for the college's campus.

* Vanguard Equities of Baltimore has begun renovating the Brooklyn Park Shopping Center at 5000 Ritchie Highway. The 14,000-square-foot commercial revitalization project involves partial demolition of the old strip center to enhance access and a complete face lift that will upgrade the appearance of the remaining structure. Richard Polan Associates is the architect for the project, which will provide tenant spaces ranging in size from 800 square feet to 6,000 square feet.

* John McDonough Builders has introduced a new line of homes, the Classic Collection, in the Catonsville area. Prices start around $250,000. More information is available from Marilyn Biegel at 381-5544.

* H. Girard Ebert, principal of the Baltimore design firm Innerspace, has been elected to the American Society of Interior Designers.

* Rob Freedman has become a partner of Corridor Brokerage Services Inc.

* Robert H. Turner has been promoted to associate senior vice president of Carey Winston, a large commercial real estate services firm.

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