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Richard Gorelick and The Baltimore Sun | May 9, 2013
Friendly's is celebrating National Hamburger Month, and promoting its new Build Your Own Burger concept, with a "Build Your Own Burger" contest. Entrants will submit their original creations online. Then, Friendly's will select three finalists to compete at one of three "Burger Bashes" to be hosted at Friendly's restaurants in Watertown, Mass., Massapequa Park, N.Y., and over on Merritt Boulevard in Dundalk.  May food holidays: burgers, strawberries and asparagus [Pictures]
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By Marie Marciano Gullard and For the Baltimore Sun | October 7, 2014
When Stephen Huppaty, owner of OzCorp Fine Builders, moved to Baltimore from Australia in 1997, he was intrigued by an interesting appendage to the miles of brick row houses -- rooftop decks. In the following years, these playpens in the sky would continue popping up in neighborhoods like Fells Point, Federal Hill, Locust Point, Butchers Hill and Canton. To Huppaty, it made perfect sense. In the tight confines of these neighborhoods, owners wishing to put additions on their row homes could either go back (given sufficient room)
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By Jim Johnson and Jim Johnson,McClatchy News Service | November 10, 1991
SACRAMENTO -- To attract shoppers to new developments, some builders traditionally have given away hot dogs, soft drinks and balloons. And many have turned to more expensive enticements.Not since the last major housing recession of a decade ago, in fact, have builders cooked up a more munificent smorgasbord of freebies.Perhaps the most popular offering, according to promotions in recent weeks, has been the loan "buy-down." Builders reduce the cost of a buyer's mortgage by pre-paying -- in a lump sum -- a portion of the monthly interest, typically for one to three years.
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By Natalie Sherman, The Baltimore Sun | August 28, 2014
Two Maryland home building trade associations said Thursday they have joined forces to form a larger organization, with official approval expected next month. The Maryland Building Industry Association, formed by the combination of the Home Builders Association of Maryland and the Maryland-National Capital Building Industry Association, will represent about 85 percent of homebuilders in Maryland, including much of the Baltimore metro region. Membership will top 1,200, according to a press release.
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By Larry Carson and Larry Carson,Sun Staff Writer | June 25, 1995
It is a time-honored tactic used by the powerless -- marshaling support to speak out against a proposal before a county council.But the protesters planning to make their case before the Baltimore County Council this week are not from some outraged community group battling the government. They are county homebuilders -- seen by many as the ultimate insiders, with an access to elected officials eased by years of generous campaign donations.The source of their ire is a school-related county building moratorium.
BUSINESS
August 19, 2001
Low interest rates and strong consumer demand boosted the National Association of Home Builders' Housing Market Index to its highest reading of the year, the trade group said Thursday. "With demand for housing on the upswing, and many builders grappling with a shortage of labor and building lots, home prices across much of the nation are rising," said Bruce Smith, president of the NAHB. "Homebuyers are taking note, preferring to invest in housing rather than in the declining stock market."
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By Edward Gunts and Edward Gunts,Staff Writer | November 15, 1992
A restored "kit house" in Oella that originally sold for $848 and now would sell for about $160,000 was named "Project of the Year" in the Third Annual Remodeling Award of Excellence competition sponsored by the Home Builders Association of Maryland.The Oella Company, a private firm that acquired the former Dickey Mill property in western Baltimore County nearly a decade ago and has been redeveloping it for new residents, restored the kit house, called Reservoir Hill Cottage. Its owner and designer is Lisa Jensen, a project manager for the Oella Co.Made by the Aladdin Co. of Bay City, Mich.
BUSINESS
By Dallas Morning News | February 3, 1991
ATLANTA -- Homebuilders have been hoping that lower interest rates and a resurgence of consumer confidence would pull their business out of the doldrums later this year.But with America at war and the economic outlook up for grabs, builders are resigned to another year of decline in 1991."The oil that drives our engine is consumer confidence," said Martin Perlman, a Houston builder who is president of the National Association of Home Builders. "There was a lack of consumer confidence before the war. If this war ends quickly, I think consumer confidence will come back very quickly."
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By Staff Report | April 9, 1993
Thomas P. Harkins, chairman of the board of Harkins Builders Inc. in Silver Spring and founder of the Harkins Group, composed of commercial and residential contracting companies in Silver Spring, died Tuesday of leukemia at his home in Bethesda.Mr. Harkins, 63, started his business in 1965 after a decade with Carl M. Freeman Associates, a construction and real estate firm of which he was president.He was an officer in many groups associated with the building business. He was president of the Suburban Maryland Home Builders Association and a board member of the boards of the National Association of Home Builders, Victory Housing and the Montgomery County Development Advisory Board.
BUSINESS
October 20, 2002
Builder confidence in the market for new single-family homes remained virtually unchanged this month from September's healthy level, according to the National Association of Home Builders' Housing Market Index, released last week. The index declined a single point to 62, its second-highest reading all year. "On the strength of continuing low mortgage rates and sound house-price performance, builders still have a very good outlook on the current marketplace," said Gary Garczynski, association president and a homebuilder from Woodbridge, Va. "Buyer demand remains strong at the present time, though builders are moderating their expectations for future sales and noting slower traffic of prospective buyers."
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By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun | August 5, 2014
Robert W. Awalt Sr., who built homes in West Baltimore and Howard County, died of kidney failure July 26 at his Annapolis home. He was 91. Born in Baltimore, he was the son of George W. Awalt, a home builder, and E. Grace Freeland, an artist and homemaker. A 1940 graduate of Mount St. Joseph High School, he enrolled at Loyola College of Maryland, where he joined the Army Air Corps Reserve Officers Training Corps. During World War II, he flew a P-51 fighter plane in England, Italy, France and Germany as a member of the 336th fighter squadron.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | June 10, 2014
Harold H. Hogg, founder of a Central Maryland and Southern Pennsylvania commercial construction company who endowed the Hogg Family Chair at Duke University, his alma mater, died June 3 of leukemia at the Moorings Park retirement community in Naples, Fla. The former York, Pa., resident was 86. The son of Dr. William L. Hogg, a United Methodist minister, and Mildred R. Hogg, a Latin teacher, Harold Hubert Hogg was born and raised in Leechburg, Pa....
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | May 16, 2014
Molly O. Molter, the last surviving member of the family that owned Owens Yacht Co., who was known as "The Lady Boat Builder," died May 2 of respiratory failure at Genesis Eldercare Spa Creek Center in Annapolis. She was 104. The daughter of Charles C. Owens, a vice president of Westinghouse Electric Corp., and Mary Agnes Glynn Owens, a homemaker, the former Molly Glynn Owens was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., and moved with her family to Detroit in 1912. In 1925, they settled in Annapolis, where Mrs. Molter graduated from high school.
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By Barbara Pash | May 12, 2014
Evergreene Cos., a Chantilly, Va., developer, is debuting in the Baltimore metro market with its first-ever project, Towson Mews, located in East Towson. Josh Mastrangelo, Evergreene's president, coastal division, said the residential developer did a market survey of greater Baltimore before deciding on East Towson. "It was the right opportunity. A lot of exciting things are happening in Towson," he said. The project calls for 35 townhouses that will front onto East Pennsylvania, Jefferson and Virginia avenues and with a through-street from Jefferson to Virginia.
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By Luke Broadwater, The Baltimore Sun | April 7, 2014
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake's administration on Monday introduced a bill to make 10 years of tax credits available citywide for developers of apartments. The bill would expand an existing 15-year tax credit program for apartments that's in place for eight targeted areas of the city. The 15-year credits will still apply for those areas, while the rest of the city will be eligible for the 10-year credits, the mayor's office said. Colin Tarbert, deputy director of the mayor's Office of Economic and Neighborhood Development, said the first year of the targeted program generated about $150 million in investment in Baltimore.
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By Marie Marciano Gullard, For The Baltimore Sun | January 29, 2014
A Colonial-style home constructed by award-winning Carroll County builder Robin Ford is on the market in the Finksburg area, with an asking price of $1.1 million. The three-level home at 2492 Red Clover Drive is on almost 2 acres that have a border of mature trees and include landscaping, sidewalks, floodlights and a generously sized front and back porch. "Even from the outside, the home's expensive touches are seen; top-of-the-line Pella windows, a covered front porch, professional landscaping and a three-car garage are just some of the home's exterior amenities," said listing agent Nick Waldner of the Waldner-Winters team of Keller Williams Realty.
BUSINESS
January 31, 1999
Sixteen homeowners who were defrauded when Manor Builders Inc. suddenly ceased operation last year will be issued refunds by the Consumer Protection Division of the state's attorney general's office.Palmer C. Williams Jr., the owner of Manor Builders, Inc. and Phoenix Land Inc., fled Maryland after reneging on contracts to build homes in Baltimore and Harford counties. Williams left behind a $20,000 escrow account, which the division seized and is distributing to the homeowners."Buyers should know that Maryland law protects them in the event the builder goes out of business," Attorney General J. Joseph Curran Jr. said.
BUSINESS
December 22, 2002
T. Kevin Carney, president of Columbia-based Thomas Builders Inc. and JHPC Development Corp., was named builder of the year Thursday by the Home Builders Association of Maryland. Carney, 52, of Ellicott City has been active in the group for years. He was president of the association last year. The award is given to the builder who consistently contributes to the builders' group, which represents 1,200 members in the region. Carney is the 40th recipient of the award, which was first handed out in 1962.
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By Marie Marciano Gullard, For The Baltimore Sun | November 29, 2013
Behind the gates of a community in Green Spring Valley is an enclave of estate homes, including the European-style mansion that is home to Alan Klatsky, president of Prestige Development, Inc. and Klatsky Homes. The soft-spoken land developer, designer and builder welcomes guests at his door, then steps aside to reveal an open interior reminiscent of an embassy or art gallery. Light from windows on the landing of a wrought-iron staircase floods the interior, the sunshine highlighting the richness of silk-brocaded draperies.
NEWS
November 22, 2013
The comments from Rich Shannahan that you ran on November 16, "Excluding Bay Foundation is outrageous" were outrageously inaccurate. K. Hovnanian Homes played no role whatsoever in the Chesapeake Bay Foundation being excluded as a sponsor of the Bay Run by race organizers. We learned about the issue when it was reported in The Sun. K. Hovnanian would never object to any organization participating in a fundraising event that supports the bay, even if it opposes our Four Seasons community.
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