Developer gets city OK to build 46 townhouses

Projects in Hoes Heights, Butchers Hill to start in '04

December 19, 2003|By Antero Pietila | Antero Pietila,SUN STAFF

Can a nondescript carpet warehouse become the site for luxury homes? Developer Pat Massey thinks so.

Yesterday, she won the planning commission's approval to build 10 townhouses at West Cold Spring Lane and Evans Chapel Road, just south of Roland Park. The projected sale price for the 3,000-square-foot units is $325,000.

Massey also got the commission's approval for her plan to build 36 townhouses on the fringes of Butchers Hill, another hot real estate market.

Those homes, in the 1700 block of E. Lombard St., will replace a warehouse and coin laundry complex, Massey said. They will have 2,000 feet of space and a $250,000 base price.

Massey, a veteran developer who once was a city housing official, has previously developed in-fill housing on little-known side streets near the Canton waterfront.

Bankers apparently share her optimism because both of her projects are privately financed.

"I presume the driving force is the marketability of the communities," said William Moore, head of residential projects for Southway Builders, which is doing much renovation and new construction work in the city.

Massey's $2.6 million Evans Chapel Road development would be in Hoes Heights. That African-American enclave dates to the late 1800s, when Charles Grandison Hoes Jr., a son of slave parents, purchased the land between Hampden and Roland Park.

The $8.5 million Lombard Street project would be one block east of Broadway in an area that is in the midst of rapid gentrification. One block north, a 173-unit subsidized apartment complex has evicted its tenants. After a major facelift, it plans to reopen, aiming its units for professionals at the nearby Johns Hopkins medical campus.

No one showed up to oppose Massey's projects. Construction is scheduled to start next year.

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