Sisters of Notre Dame complete sale of 67 acres $3.2 million deal allows 29 luxury county homes

September 27, 1996|By Mary Maushard | Mary Maushard,SUN STAFF

The Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur have completed a $3.2 million sale of 67 acres for luxury homes off Falls Road in Brooklandville and will use the proceeds to care for their sick and elderly nuns.

Adjacent to Maryvale Preparatory School and south of Saters Lane, the land will become West-wicke, a gatehouse community of 29 homes costing $750,000 to $1.2 million.

None of the proceeds will benefit Maryvale, the all-girls' middle and high school that the Sisters of Notre Dame founded 50 years ago. The school leases 50 acres for its campus from the congregation, which owns another 60 acres of woodland behind the school. The woods are zoned for preservation and will remain untouched.

Construction on several of the homes in the Westwicke community will begin next week, said Robert J. Aumiller, executive vice president of MacKenzie/O'Conor, Piper & Flynn Commercial Real Estate Services in Lutherville.

All but three of the lots have been sold, Aumiller said. Some were purchased by individuals, but most were sold to builders. The prices ranged from $200,000 to $350,000, he said.

Scottish Development Co., a partnership made up of principals in the real estate firm, bought the land in the spring and is overseeing its development. Interim roads and a drainage system are under construction, and a wide swath of woodland has been cleared in the interior of the development.

An architectural committee, made up of an architect and two of the developers, will review all the building and landscaping plans. "There will be limits on how much clearing can be done and how large the houses can be," Aumiller said.

"The whole idea is to create some conformity. We want it to be something that Maryvale will be proud of," he added.

St. Timothy's School, a neighboring girls' school on Greenspring Avenue, is embroiled in a plan to sell 75 of its 200 acres for homesites. The sale, which cannot be completed until the county approves the development plan, would enrich the school's endowment and ensure its future, school officials say.

The school's neighbors in Greenspring Valley oppose the development, which would include more than 60 homes and cut through the wooded, rolling campus.

Pub Date: 9/27/96

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