Developer wants to build 221 homes in Gambrills

December 23, 1993

A Silver Spring developer is proposing to build 291 homes off Route 3 in Gambrills on the same site where the county's Board of Appeals rejected a 722-home planned unit development last year.

Crofton Farms Development Corp. plans to build townhouses and single-family homes on 72 acres near Waugh Chapel Road. A hearing has been scheduled for Jan. 20.

Last year, three developers who owned 221 acres formed a partnership and tried to develop the site under one plan. But the Board of Appeals agreed with neighboring residents that the developers could not meet standards for roads, schools and sewer service.

Opponents argued that developing the land would destroy a wildlife sanctuary and was incompatible with a rural area.

But the three developers said existing zoning would allow them to build just as many homes as they could with a Planned Unit Development, which allows land owners to build homes in clusters. The PUD they were seeking was more attractive, they said, because multiple developers can work together on providing roads and amenities.

The owner of Crofton Farms Development Corp., Ervin Polashuk, said he bought his 72 acres from First National Bank, which acquired the property from Ernest J. Litty, a Glen Burnie developer. Two other developers who still own land at the site, The Halle Cos. and Baldwin and Associates, have not yet filed plans with the county.

Ogilvie honored for 25 years with UPS

Odenton resident Thomas Ogilvie was recently honored for 25 years of service with United Parcel Service.

Mr. Ogilvie is a tractor-trailer driver with UPS in Burtonsville. He provides feeder service to Edison, N.J.

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