Developer gives Bulle Rock tour

Unfinished community center shown

October 15, 2006|By Rebecca Logan | Rebecca Logan,special to the sun

Developers of the Residences at Bulle Rock said they always knew they had a view.

Now they have the rooms -- and they showed those off last week during a hard-hat tour of Bulle Rock's 37,000-square foot community center.

"This is show and tell. And the show part is looking over our shoulders," said developer Clark Turner, motioning to a red sunset framed by clouds above the Chesapeake Bay. "Nowhere in this region will you find a spectacular view like we have behind us."

Expected to be finished by May, the $12 million center is a focal point of the Havre de Grace development spearheaded by Manekin LLC, Turner and H&S Properties, which together hosted the tour for politicians, business leaders and other Harford County and regional notables.

Interior work remains to be finished, but that didn't stop trays of oysters on the half-shell from getting to those milling about what will eventually be the center's rotunda, cyber cafe, library, solarium and meeting rooms.

Those all are on the upper level of the center, which is modeled after European hotels. The lower level will have a health and fitness center and an indoor pool for those who don't want to swim in the bean-shaped outdoor one.

The community center's amenities have been used as a selling point for Bulle Rock. About 460 homes have been sold, and 280 of those are occupied, said Bulle Rock officials, who expect to have a total of about 2,000 condominiums, villas and single-family homes.

Turner arrived at the event just in time to deliver his remarks. He had been at another gathering marking a construction milestone at Waters Edge, a $60 million mixed-use complex in Belcamp that, like Bulle Rock, is off U.S. 40.

Speaking at Bulle Rock, Harford County Economic Development Director James C. Richardson recalled the implosion of the former Bata Shoe factory in front of a crowd of observers that made way for that new complex.

"That [changed] the landscape and direction of Route 40 indefinitely," he said.

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