Miramar Landing to break ground

Middle River project to include 700 homes

July 10, 2005|By Ryan Basen | Ryan Basen,SUN STAFF

Construction of Miramar Landing, a planned community of more than 700 homes in an old section of Middle River, will officially get under way this month with a groundbreaking July 20.

Miramar Landing will feature townhouses, single-family homes and an apartment building for seniors at the intersection of Middle River Road and Bird River Road.

Developers expect the first few homes to be ready by the end of the year or beginning of next year.

Local officials said the project's construction is another sign of economic growth and development in eastern Baltimore County.

"You would not initially think that Middle River would be the first place [homebuilders] would look." said Fronda Cohen, a spokeswoman for the county Department of Economic Development. But "they are taking a fresh look at the opportunities and strengths of older areas" in the county.

Miramar will include 156 single-family homes and 584 townhouses to be built by Ryland Homes, said Ryland spokesperson Cindy Plackmeyer. The single-family homes will range from 1,894 to 1,927 square feet, and the townhouses from 1,670 to 1,873 square feet. Three-bedroom, 1,873-square-foot townhouses are already selling for $264,990. Prices of other units that will soon go on sale have not been set.

The four-story senior apartment building will feature 87 one-bedroom apartments and 22 two-bedroom apartments, said Bruce Innis, a spokesman for Baltimore-based Shelter Group, which is constructing the building.

Rent for the apartments, which are partially financed by tax credits, will range from $345 to $590 for one-bedroom units and start at $680 for two-bedroom units. Eligibility is limited to people 62 and older who earn between 30 percent and 60 percent of the state's median income.

Miramar is being built on the site of the old Villa Gardens apartment complex, which was built to house military personnel during World War II. Every Villa Gardens resident had been relocated by January, said Donald I. Mohler III, a spokesman for County Executive James T. Smith Jr.

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