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By Ellen James Martin and Ellen James Martin,Staff Writer | May 1, 1992
Primarily because of a strong performance by its mortgage company, Ryland Group Inc. reported yesterday that earnings for the first quarter rose to $2.6 million, in contrast to a loss of $4.4 million in the same period last year.But an analyst who tracks Ryland, the Columbia-based homebuilding and mortgage finance company, cautioned that the company can expect only slow improvement in the housing market.Michael Mead, an analyst at Legg Mason Wood Walker in Baltimore, contends that the aging of the baby-boom generation will keep a partial brake on housing demand, since there will be relatively fewer young people seeking first homes.
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By Dan Morse and Dan Morse,SUN STAFF | August 19, 1997
The Columbia Association's governing board has formed j jTC small task force aimed at turning the coveted Smith farm in east Columbia into a large regional park.Made up of Wanda Hurt of Owen Brown village, Cecilia Januszkiewicz of Long Reach village and Alex Hekimian of Oakland Mills village, the task force will try to figure out how to turn the undeveloped tract into a park.The farm of Elizabeth C. "Nancy" Smith -- almost 300 acres in the middle of Columbia along Route 175 -- is worth almost $8 million, according to a recent appraisal.
NEWS
December 2, 2001
Ohio developers alarm residents of Oella The proposed plan to turn the historic and already vital Oella Mill in the quaint village of Oella across the river from old-town Ellicott City into 177 "luxury apartments" has engendered alarm and outrage among residents, rather than the mild "concerns" mentioned in your article ("Plan for Oella Mill raises concerns," Nov. 19). Your article also failed to mention a standing-room-only crowd at a special meeting of the Greater Oella Community Association on Nov. 14, where the developers presented their rose-colored calculations that 177 apartments renting for $1,400 to $3,000 would generate a maximum of 240 cars.
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By Dana Hedgpeth and Dana Hedgpeth,SUN STAFF | March 5, 1998
Relatives of Elizabeth C. "Nancy" Smith are suing a Baltimore bank, alleging that someone forged almost $20,000 worth of checks drawn on her account.Baltimore attorney Frederick Steinmann filed the suit this week in Howard County Circuit Court on behalf of Smith's two heirs -- Jane P. Nes and Ruth B. McClees, both of Baltimore -- against First National Bank of Maryland.Smith died last February without a will, leaving the fate of her 300 acres in the middle of Columbia up in the air. The land is worth an estimated $8 million.
NEWS
December 16, 2001
Coming to the defense of Nancy Smith, Blandair As one who knew Nancy Smith for 28 years and who worked with her on plans to preserve Blandair Farm for 14 of those years, I would like to set the record straight by answering the letter from John McGing ("Nancy Smith to blame for Blandair's problems," Dec. 9). Until her mother's death in 1979, Miss Smith thought the farm would be preserved by being tied up in her father's life estate. When she realized the life estate would not provide the protection she required, she began looking for other means.
NEWS
May 14, 2006
Dismaying news on Rouse Parkway I can understand how some would like to honor the memory of James W. Rouse, the founder of Columbia, but I am dismayed by the news that the section of Route 175 between U.S. 29 and Interstate 95 is to be renamed as the Jim and Patty Rouse Parkway. The inclusion of the section of Route 175 between Thunder Hill Road and Tamar Drive in the renaming ignores a dark chapter in the history of Columbia: the realignment of the highway to cut through Blandair (the Smith farm)
NEWS
By Dana Hedgpeth and Dana Hedgpeth,SUN STAFF | March 4, 1997
In an article in Tuesday's Howard County edition of The Sun, Rupert Friday, a planner in the Maryland Office of Planning, was incorrectly quoted. In reference to the future of Elizabeth C. "Nancy" Smith's property in Columbia, he said: "I'm sure there are sharp land-use attorneys who are already knocking on the heirs' doors after the place."The Sun regrets the error.State and local officials launched a belated effort yesterday to protect from development 300 acres of farmland in the middle of east Columbia along Route 175.About a dozen state legislators, environmentalists, preservationists and officials from Howard County gathered in Annapolis for the first meeting of a hastily formed task force charged with finding options on how to keep commercial interests from getting the land.
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By Dana Hedgpeth and Dana Hedgpeth,SUN STAFF | August 14, 1997
The farm of Elizabeth C. "Nancy" Smith -- almost 300 acres of undeveloped land in the middle of Columbia along Route 175 -- is worth almost $8 million, according to an appraisal, but the fate of the land remains uncertain.Smith, who never married and had no children, died in February at age 82 without a will, leaving dozens of distant relatives, preservationists and developers eyeing her land.According to the appraisal by Lipman Frizzell & Mitchell of Lutherville at the request of Baltimore attorney Forrest F. Bramble Jr., who represents the land's probable heirs, if the three parcels that constitute the Smith estate are developed, more than 200 housing units could be built on the land.
NEWS
By Dana Hedgpeth and Dana Hedgpeth,SUN STAFF | August 14, 1997
The farm of Elizabeth C. "Nancy" Smith -- almost 300 acres of undeveloped land in the middle of Columbia along Route 175 -- is worth almost $8 million, according to an appraisal, but the fate of the land remains uncertain.Smith, who never married and had no children, died in February at age 82 without a will, leaving dozens of distant relatives, preservationists and developers eyeing her land.According to the appraisal by Lipman Frizzell & Mitchell of Lutherville at the request of Baltimore attorney Forrest F. Bramble Jr., who represents the land's probable heirs, if the three parcels that constitute the Smith estate are developed, more than 200 housing units could be built on the land.
NEWS
December 9, 2001
Nancy Smith to blame for Blandair's problems As has been told to supporters of Al Gore, I'd like to say to the people so upset that Nancy Smith's vision for Blandair Farm won't be realized, "You lost, get over it." It's not pleasant to speak ill of the dead, but Nancy Smith was not some youngster cut down before she could take the necessary legal steps to ensure her vision for her property became a reality. She had decades to do the legal paperwork that would have ensured that what she wanted is what would have happened.
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