Newsmaker

March 05, 2006|By LAURA BARNHARDT

Stephen W. Whalen Jr.

Occupation

Developer, managing partner of Whalen Properties

In the News

Whalen plans to begin construction within two years on a center with restaurants, shops, offices and a hotel in Catonsville near the Baltimore Beltway and Wilkens Avenue, with a "Main Street"-style thoroughfare. The center, on 18 acres, has been tentatively named The Promenade.

Career highlights

In his 25 years in the development business, Whalen has developed more than 300,000 square feet of office space primarily on the southwestern side of Baltimore County. His projects include the Catonsville Professional Center on Frederick Road, Rolling Crossroads Professional Park and Crossroads West on Rolling Road. Whalen also developed, with partners, Fox Hall Farm, a development of 154 single-family homes near Catonsville Community College and next to his home. Whalen's three-story commercial development at the Dorsey MARC Station is currently under construction.

Personal

Born and raised in Catonsville, Whalen, 55, has three children and two grandchildren. He is a 1967 graduate of Loyola Blakefield in Towson and a graduate of the University of Notre Dame with a degree in economics. He has an MBA from George Washington University.

Philosophy

"I like to stay close to home. I like to be the big fish in the little pond. I feel passionately about Catonsville. I will only build something if I don't mind living next to it or near it. ... I built Fox Hall Farm in my front yard. I'm concerned about the quality of development."

[ Laura Barnhardt]

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