Developers vie to build Bolton Hill townhouses Construction would occur on site of Eutaw Gardens

May 22, 1996|By Edward Gunts | Edward Gunts,SUN STAFF

Three local developers are vying for the chance to build townhouses in Baltimore's Bolton Hill neighborhood on the site of the Eutaw Gardens apartment complex.

Baltimore Housing Commissioner Daniel P. Henson III received the bids in response to a request for proposals issued earlier this year for a 6.7-acre parcel at the southeast corner of North Avenue and Eutaw Place, where Eutaw Gardens is located.

Deborah Diehl, president of the Mount Royal Improvement Association, said any of the three townhouse proposals would be "a major improvement" over the mostly vacant Eutaw Gardens, a 268-unit apartment complex that was taken over by the federal government last year after its owners defaulted on a federally insured loan.

"They're all proposals for market-rate townhouses, which will certainly have a stabilizing effect on the neighborhood," Diehl said. "If they are designed, built and sold as proposed, it will be the best thing that's happened to our neighborhood in many years."

The developers will present their plans during a neighborhood meeting at 7: 30 p.m. Thursday at the Mount Royal Recreation Center, 120 Mosher St. at John Street.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has agreed to relocate tenants from the 19 existing buildings at Eutaw Gardens, raze the buildings and sell the land to the city for $1.

The replacement proposals are:

Spicer's Run at Bolton Hill: 84 three-story townhouses with an average price of $143,793. The proposal is a joint venture of Powhattan Development Co., headed by Wendy Blair, and Derek A. McDaniels, a former vice president of operations for Ryland Homes. D. W. Taylor would be the architect. The total investment would be $11.7 million.

Bolton Keep: 73 three-story townhouses with an average sale price of $115,000. The developer is A & R Development Corp. The architect is Lawrence A. Menefee. The total investment would be $7.8 million.

130 three-story modular townhouses proposed by the Perren Group of Baltimore, with North American Homes as the builder. Sale prices would range from $143,400 to $168,500. The total investment would be $19.97 million.

The housing department is expected to select one group to carry out the development after consulting with community leaders. The developers indicated that they would be prepared to begin construction by early 1997 and complete work within several years.

Pub Date: 5/22/96

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