Road being built between two electrical towers

April 23, 1996|By Alisa Samuels | Alisa Samuels,SUN STAFF

An Ellicott City company is building a 1,000-foot access road between two electrical towers near the Village of Owen Brown, paving the way for work to start this summer on a 23-home development.

The two-lane road off of Oakland Mills Road will be named Dasher Court and will lead to a cul-de-sac in the planned Dasher Green community, said James R. Moxley III, vice president of Security Development Group Inc., the road's builder.

"It isn't the first time a road has been built under transmission lines," said Mr. Moxley, who said he does not expect the electrical towers to pose safety hazards to the community. "You don't see it every day, but it's nothing new. In this case, it's the only way in."

Dasher Green, to be built by Patriot Homes, will feature two-story colonial homes priced from just over $200,000 to about $250,000, said Frederick Kunkle, president of Patriot, which has an office in the Village of Harper's Choice. Construction is scheduled to begin this summer and be finished next year.

Until last year, the property was owned privately on an out-parcel of Columbia. But through a mutual agreement, the builder and the Columbia Association decided to annex the property to the rest of Columbia.

That meant the Owen Brown Village Board and the Columbia Council -- the Columbia Association's 10-member board of directors -- had to approve the project to make sure it adhered to town covenants, said Wanda Hurt, chairwoman of the village board.

The access road is being built on 10 acres that Security Development purchased for $770,000 last August from Marie Dasher. For the past month, construction trucks and workers have been based on Oakland Mills Road, near Homespun Lane. Ms. Hurt said that to her knowledge, no public concerns have been expressed about building the road under the towers.

Pub Date: 4/23/96

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