SOUTHEAST--Sykesville * Eldersburg * Gamber

May 03, 1993

10-acre site near Sykesville proposed for state affordable-housing campaign

An affordable housing community has been proposed for the Sykesville area to keep Marylanders from moving to Pennsylvania in search of cheaper housing.

A 10-acre site near Sykesville designated by the state as surplus public land is one of five statewide being considered for an affordable housing design competition.

Bill Beans of the state Department of Housing and Community Development told county officials Thursday that developers and architects are being asked to submit plans to develop the sites into a neighborhood of up to 25 affordably priced homes.

The winner would receive the land as a gift from the state. In return, the winner would develop the land according to the plan submitted and would sell at least 50 percent of the homes at an affordable price, Mr. Beans said.

The free land would reduce the overall cost of building each home, he said.

The homes would be intended for a family of four with a household income of about $30,000.

"This is not public housing that would be supported by the government," he said.

"We're talking about teachers, police officers, those type of folks," Mr. Beans said, describing those who would fall into the targeted income category.

FIRE

* Baltimore County: Gamber's diving team assisted in a water rescue near Frederick Road at 2:49 p.m. Sunday. The team was out for 52 minutes.

* Sykesville: Sykesville responded for a brush fire on Arrington Road at 1:25 a.m. Saturday. They were out for 26 minutes.

* Sykesville: Sykesville, Gamber and Liberty Road of Baltimore County responded for a house fire on Macbeth Way at 8:49 p.m. Friday. They were out for 22 minutes.

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