* First Town Mortgage Corp. said its loan volume in...

INDUSTRY WATCH

February 06, 1994

* First Town Mortgage Corp. said its loan volume in Maryland increased to $270 million in 1993 from $251 million in 1992. Fourth-quarter volume rose 25 percent to $92 million in 1993 from $74 million a year earlier. Based in Secaucus, N.J., First Town has offices in Annapolis, Baltimore, Rockville and Silver Spring.

* Harkins Builders Inc. of Silver Spring has been selected by Comprehensive Housing Assistance Inc., or CHAI, an agency of The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore, to provide preconstruction services and act as general contractor for the Weinberg Gardens at Bedford.

To be built on Bedford Road in Pikesville, the 84-unit, five-story elderly housing project will cost about $5.5 million. Construction is to begin in the fall. Funding is provided by the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Harkins also is building the 116-unit Weinberg House on Old Court Road in Pikesville.

* The Home Owners Warranty Corp. presented Decade of Excellence awards to eight Baltimore-area builders for their "commitment to professional competence, responsible customer service and financial strength." The winners are Bay Country Joint Venture, Country Club Construction Inc., Home Construction Co. Inc., Homestead Builders Inc., Logos Construction Co. Inc., Matson Homes Inc., Patton Development Co. and Shelter Builders Communities Inc.

* Irizarri Advertising and Design of Herndon, Va., and Kettler Brothers Inc., a Gaithersburg-based home builder, won an award for "best advertising brochure for a new home residential community" in the first annual National Sales and Marketing Award competition of the National Association of Home Builders. Designed by Vivianna Irizarri and written by Baltimore free-lance writer Jack Purdy, the four-color brochure promotes Kalorama Place, a condominium community that Kettler Brothers is building in the historic Kalorama neighborhood of Washington.

* The Off-Campus Housing service at Essex Community College is looking for people who have an apartment or room to rent near the campus. Call 780-6572 for additional information.

* Old-House Journal's Historic House Plans, which feature designs for reproductions of early American, Victorian, saltboxes and other homes spanning 200 years of history, can be ordered from its publisher for $11.95 or purchased at newsstands through July 15. To order, call (800) 356-9313.

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