1st steps taken toward construction of 52-home subdivision in Ferndale NORTH COUNTY -- Linthicum * Ferndale * Brooklyn Park * Pumphrey

August 09, 1993|By Consella A. Lee | Consella A. Lee,Staff Writer

Workers are busy moving dirt and installing water and sewer lines at the site of what will be Garland, a subdivision of 52 single-family homes on an 18-acre parcel on Baltimore-Annapolis Boulevard in Ferndale.

Rusty Van Voorhis, the project manager for Prudential Preferred Properties, said last week that construction should start within 45 days next to the Burwood Plaza. The completion date has not been set yet, he said.

The houses are being built by Mandrin Construction Co. Inc. of Pasadena.

Prices for them range from $129,900 for three bedrooms, one bath and a full basement to $167,900 for four bedrooms, a sunken family room, 2 1/2 baths and a one-car garage.

Some of the homes will feature split foyers and levels. Optional features, ranging from skylights to prefabricated fireplaces, are also available.

Mr. Van Voorhis said developers plan to surround the subdivision with trees when it is completed to serve as a buffer between it and nearby houses.

"The community will be totally self-contained," he said. "It won't be joined to any other community. It will be all cul-de-sacs."

Interest in the subdivision has been good, said Mr. Van Voorhis, who started taking orders for the homes at his trailer office on the site two weeks ago.

In one week, more than 30 people came in to inquire about the homes, and in another, about 20 came in, he said.

Most of the visitors to Garland have been people who live in the Ferndale-Linthicum area who have seen the beginnings of the development, he said.

The subdivision is about a half-mile south of the Baltimore Beltway and is near Interstate 97, the light-rail system and area schools.

Mr. Van Voorhis said he thinks the subdivision's proximity to highways and schools will be a big selling point.

Potential customers are shown floor plans of various models to see what the homes will look like when they are completed.

A similar subdivision Mandrin built in Pasadena can provide a feel for what some of Garland's floor plans will look like once finished, Mr. Van Voorhis said.

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