448-home development planned on turkey farm PASADENA

September 21, 1993|By John A. Morris | John A. Morris,Staff Writer

A developer has sown the seeds of a 448-home "planned unit" development where the Schramm family once raised turkeys in Pasadena.

Kevin Lusby of Koch Associates Inc. said yesterday that his firm has a contract to purchase the last farm in the highly developed Mountain Road corridor and has asked the county to rezone the property for higher-density development.

The developer has proposed building 192 townhouses and 256 detached, single-family homes on 205 acres, said Kevin Dooley, a planner with the county Department of Planning and Code Enforcement. The rezoning application also shows a 20-acre tract set aside for the Schramm homestead, Mr. Dooley said.

Three generations of Schramms have worked the farm, between Catherine Avenue and Waterford Road, since 1909. The Schramms stopped raising turkeys in 1991, though they continue to sell fruit and vegetables from their produce stand.

The farm sits in a dense residential area of 1,400 homes in a half-mile radius.

Yesterday, Emma Schramm said the family was being forced to sell the property to avoid inheritance taxes.

The developer's rezoning request will be presented to an administrative hearing officer in Annapolis on Oct. 26. The developer will unveil preliminary plans at 7:30 p.m. Thursday for the Greater Pasadena Council, a umbrella group of area civic associations.

Mr. Dooley said the property is zoned to allow one home per acre; Koch Associates have asked the county to rezone the entire tract to allow two homes per acre. As an alternative, the developer has submitted a separate request to rezone about 70 acres to allow five homes per acre.

The developer would be allowed a still higher density if the county grants it a special exception to build the site as a planned unit development, or PUD.

The developer has proposed setting aside a 15-acre school site along Mountain Road in the northeast corner of the property, Mr. Dooley said. It also has proposed building a sewage pumping station to service the new community.

Residents would enter and leave the development by Catherine Avenue and Waterford Roads, Mr. Dooley said.

Ms. Schramm, 64, said in March 1991 that the family planned to subdivide the property so three siblings and a cousin could retire and pay inheritance taxes when the time comes. She also said family members are afraid the family fortune would be zTC devastated by inheritance taxes if one or more of them died.

"We cannot afford to die with the entire farm intact," Ms. Schramm said in 1991. "A farmer is poor all his life and dies rich in the eyes of the IRS. . . ."

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