Air park site sold to build subdivision

Forge Landing to put 146 houses on former White Marsh airfield

October 11, 2001|By Andrea K. Walker | Andrea K. Walker,SUN STAFF

After three years of negotiations, the owners of Baltimore Aviation Inc. have sold their 64-acre air park in White Marsh to a Baltimore company that plans to develop a luxury home subdivision.

The real estate firm Forge Landing LLC will build 146 single-family homes on the site of the former Baltimore Air Park. Homes are expected to sell in the $300,000 range, and the first residents would move in next fall.

Neither company would disclose the sales price.

The property, just west of Interstate 95 and bounded by Joppa and New Forge roads, housed one of the area's most active airfields for more than half a century. A flight school also operated from the site.

But as the area became more residential and less rural over the years, neighbors and political leaders began to complain that the air park didn't fit in.

"The problem is we did not want a helicopter port or an air park because it wasn't compatible with the residential area," said Democratic County Councilman Vincent J. Gardina, who represents the area.

The land was eventually included in the Honeygo area, a planned residential community with the most stringent design standards in the county.

The tract has been under contract for the past three years as the developers worked with Baltimore County officials to implement the standards into their plans, said John F. Harrington, senior vice president for Lutherville-based MacKenzie Commercial Real Estate Services Inc., the company that brokered the deal for Forge Landing.

"I think this development is going to be the focal point for the Honeygo area," Harrington said.

Forge Landing officials referred calls to Harrington.

Baltimore Aviation officials decided to sell the land after they reached retirement age, Harrington explained.

Baltimore County had once considered buying the airstrip for use as a park, but decided that the price of the land and the potential cost of taking up runways was too expensive.

Gardina said the planned subdivision, to be called Forge Landing, will fit in well with similarly priced communities in the area, which include Perry Hall Farms, Glenside Farms and Moore's Orchard.

"This new development is pretty much what the community wanted," Gardina said. "I'm happy the developer has agreed to all of the standards."

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