Board approves expanded development

May 02, 2007|by a sun reporter

A significant increase in density at an age-restricted complex in Laurel has been approved by the Planning Board.

The expansion was particularly appealing because it will more than double the number of units earmarked at the development for moderate-income families.

The project, Murray Hill, will be on about 19 acres off Gorman Road and near Emerson, the sprawling planned community.

Paul M. Revelle, president of Revellopment Inc., the developer, said he expects site improvements to begin in the summer of next year and construction of the units to start early in 2009.

The project as originally approved would have provided 132 housing units. That will increase to 215 units under the amended plan.

The development originally was to provide 16 homes for moderate-income earners, but Revelle said that would increase to 39 units with the increased density.

The Planning Board approved the change last week. The expansion is subject to consideration by the Zoning Board.

Several people who live near Murray Hill voiced concern about traffic and safety on Gorman Road.

Revelle acknowledged the need and said Gorman Road in the immediate vicinity of the development will be graded and widened and acceleration and deceleration lanes added.

Murray Hill will provide a mixture of housing options, from villas to duplexes to apartment units. The development will be restricted to those at least 55 years old.

Units will range from 750 square feet for a one-bedroom unit to up to 1,900 square feet, Revelle said. Prices are expected to range from $140,000 to $450,000.

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