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By Larry Carson, The Baltimore Sun | May 6, 2010
The sewage smells have stopped at the upscale Villas at Cattail Creek in Glenwood, and now the litigation that resulted might be over, too. Howard County government has reached agreement on terms of a settlement with the developers and builders of the community for seniors, which was built with a shared septic system that never worked and was later replaced, according to an announcement. The developers have also posted a $350,000 performance bond with the county to help guarantee the system will work, and have made other changes to eliminate seasonal odors emanating as recently as last fall from the replacement system.
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By Marie Marciano Gullard, For The Baltimore Sun | December 12, 2013
Elegance and character are the hallmarks of 3608 Willow Birch Drive in Howard County, now being offered for $1.375 million. Located on a cul-de-sac overlooking six holes of Cattail Creek golf course, ithe house sits on an acre of manicured lawns and gardens. "This is a Colonial, 'Southern Living'-style of home that is absolutely stunning," said listing agent Bob Lucido of Re/Max Advantage Realty. "The vista is therapeutically very refreshing and calming, with scenery you can see for miles.
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By Larry Carson, The Baltimore Sun | May 18, 2010
Settle or sue? That's the question facing the weary residents of the Villas of Cattail Creek, an upscale western Howard County community for seniors plagued since inception with a sewage system that never worked and a development team they don't trust. About 70 of those over-55 residents faced a phalanx of Howard County officials and their own lawyer, Howard Goldberg, on Monday night to help them consider what may be the biggest decision they make in the long-running ordeal — whether to take a settlement the county worked out for the 93-home community, or to go back to court on their own. The failed shared septic system has been replaced with one that works, and a county consumer protection lawsuit filed in September 2008 has been settled.
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By Larry Carson, The Baltimore Sun | June 6, 2010
Cattail Creek residents voted 90-3 to accept a Howard County negotiated settlement with their developers over a nightmarish, years-long sewage disposal problem. But now they face a new issue. The residents have dropped their private lawsuit as part of the agreement that will pay each participant thousands of dollars, but one of the development partners for the upscale Glenwood retirement community is demanding they pay for operating the replacement sewage system built in February 2009 to replace one that never worked.
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By George Taylor and George Taylor,Special to The Evening Sun | July 19, 1991
Add the name of Cattail Creek as one of the area's latest private golf clubs.Cattail Creek, located in Howard County on Route 97, just south of Interstate 70, has scheduled its ground-breaking ceremonies for July 28 with full scaled construction on all 18 holes beginning Aug. 1.This is the course Bill Clarke, retired Hillendale Country Club professional, is serving as consultant. "We now are assured of the financing and all of our environmental problems are solved," said Clarke, a former president of the national PGA.The project is a member-equal operation.
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By Robert Lee and Robert Lee,Staff writer | March 28, 1991
Standing at the edge of the greenish mire that used to be Severna Park's main commercial port, two Berrywood residents recalled the string of sewage spills, housing and highway projects that resulted in the decline of Cattail Creek.In the last five years, an alarming transition has taken place in the creek. It is now impossible to swim, fish, crab or even navigate its headwaters, said Larry Rose and Edward Tarr, two men spearheading an effort to get a channel dredged in the creek."The last crabs disappeared in 1987," said Rose, standing at Robinson's Landing, a spot just east of Ritchie Highway and near the headwaters of the creek.
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By Jamie Smith Hopkins and Jamie Smith Hopkins,SUN STAFF | September 28, 2001
It's been a long, circular trip for a much-contested proposal for upscale, seniors-only housing in western Howard County - which wended its way back to the county Board of Appeals last night after several stints in court. The Villas at Cattail Creek, which would bring 116 townhouse-style condo units to 58 acres near Cattail Creek Country Club in Glenwood, was originally approved by the board in 1998. To the delight of residents who oppose the project, the Circuit Court overturned that decision, finding that the project lacked the common dining area required by county zoning regulations.
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By Adam Sachs and Adam Sachs,Staff Writer | July 6, 1993
County business leaders who put up thousands of dollars on the hope that western county land would one day be converted into a picturesque, member-owned golf course experienced the "ecstasy and pain" of their five-year project last weekend."
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By Jamie Smith Hopkins and Jamie Smith Hopkins,SUN STAFF | September 21, 2000
In a new twist, a developer who has tried for three years to build senior citizen condominiums in western Howard County has changed his proposal - opting for single-family homes. The amended plans for the Villas at Cattail Creek call for 25 detached, single-family houses on 19.5 acres in Glenwood, still for senior citizens only. They were submitted Tuesday, two days before the county Board of Appeals was to have heard testimony on Donald R. Reuwer Jr.'s earlier proposal for the site: 116 townhouse-style condo units on 58 acres.
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By Larry Carson, The Baltimore Sun | May 20, 2010
Settle or sue? That's the question facing residents of the Villas at Cattail Creek, an upscale condominium community in western Howard County that has been troubled since inception with a sewage system that never worked and a development team they don't trust. About 70 residents met Monday night with their lawyer, Howard Goldberg, and a group of Howard County officials to consider what might be the biggest decision they make in the long-running ordeal — whether to accept a settlement that the county worked out for the 93-home community for seniors or go back to court on their own. The shared septic system has been replaced with one that works, and a county consumer protection lawsuit filed in September 2008 has been settled.
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By Larry Carson, The Baltimore Sun | May 6, 2010
The sewage smells have stopped at the upscale Villas at Cattail Creek in Glenwood, and now the litigation that resulted might be over, too. Howard County government has reached agreement on terms of a settlement with the developers and builders of the community for seniors, which was built with a shared septic system that never worked and was later replaced, according to an announcement. The developers have also posted a $350,000 performance bond with the county to help guarantee the system will work, and have made other changes to eliminate seasonal odors emanating as recently as last fall from the replacement system.
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By Larry Carson and Larry Carson,larry.carson@baltsun.com | October 4, 2009
The strong smell of human feces that residents of the upscale Villas of Cattail Creek say sporadically seeps out of their new community sewage treatment plant is just the latest indignity after the nearly five years without a working sewage system that preceded it. "It's just never-ending," said Renee Parcover, one of the 55-and-older residents of what was intended to be an idyllic group of 93 retirement homes next to a country club and golf course in...
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By Larry Carson and Larry Carson,larry.carson@baltsun.com | April 5, 2009
Lawyers for Howard County used strong language in seeking dismissal of what they characterized as a "frivolous" federal suit filed by residents who say the county's land-use decision process is unconstitutional. The exchange is the latest chapter in the continuing development wars in the prosperous, fast-growing county. "This lawsuit is merely the chosen vehicle for a handful of residents to vent their frustration over three land-use projects in Howard County," County Solicitor Margaret Ann Nolan argued in the county's March 31 reply to the suit.
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