Seniors complex gets panel's OK to continue

Snowden Overlook to add townhouses and condos

April 15, 2005|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

The next phase of a sprawling, age-restricted housing development visible from Route 175 has been approved by the Howard County Planning Board.

The development, Snowden Overlook, is limited to those ages 55 and older. Numerous units have been completed or are under construction.

It is being jointly developed by Ryland Group Inc. and Lennar Corp. and will offer about 380 units when completed.

The development is off Dried Earth Boulevard, near Snowden River Parkway in Columbia.

The Planning Board unanimously approved a site development plan for construction of 54 townhouses and a four-story, 56-unit condominium complex.

The subdivision will include a community outdoor swimming pool, exercise room and media room.

The homes are being built by Ryland Homes and Patriot Homes, a unit of Lennar. Homes by Ryland in Snowden Overlook begin at about $460,000; Patriot units start at $474,000.

Ryland, formerly based in Columbia but now with headquarters in Calabasas, Calif., builds homes in about 13 states. Miami-based Lennar operates under various names in 17 states.

Snowden Overlook is one of several projects completed or planned to serve the county's aging population. Those at least age 55 are projected to increase to 31 percent of the population, from 19 percent, over the next 25 years.

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