Howard History

April 22, 2007

Construction begins in Columbia

As reported April 23, 1967, in The Sun:

Construction and sale of new single-family houses are under way in the new "city" of Columbia in Howard county. First model houses are expected to be ready for early July showing.

"Kickoff" of home building is by a builder with broad experience with a national homebuilding concern.

At least six other builders are expected to be announced soon. All home building in Columbia, a project community of 110,000 persons within 15,000 acres, is expected to be done by builders who buy lots.

James P. Ryan, former president and a director of one of America's largest home building organizations, has formed a new corporation to build homes and apartments in the Baltimore-Washington region. The company has begun the construction of six model homes in Columbia.

Until he formed his Maryland-based company, Mr. Ryan, 34, was president of Ryan Homes Inc., Pittsburgh.

The company will initially build 100 homes in Columbia's first three neighborhoods of Bryant Woods, Faulkner Ridge and the Birches. All are part of the Village of Wilde Lake, the first of nine projected villages.

The homes will range from $19,750 to $35,000 and up, in fee.

[Paul McCardell, Sun library researcher.]

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