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April 24, 2005
Village at Waugh Chapel Location: Waugh Chapel Road and Route 3 in Gambrills. Developer: Sturbridge Homes of Gambrills. Description: A 53-unit condominium tower that represents the final phase of a mixed-use development featuring stores, offices and condominiums. The four-story tower is expected to be completed next spring and the units - priced between $215,000 and $325,000 - are for sale. Status: The building is under construction, and the developer has obtained all necessary county permits.
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April 24, 2005
Village at Waugh Chapel Location: Waugh Chapel Road and Route 3 in Gambrills. Developer: Sturbridge Homes of Gambrills. Description: A 53-unit condominium tower that represents the final phase of a mixed-use development featuring stores, offices and condominiums. The four-story tower is expected to be completed next spring and the units - priced between $215,000 and $325,000 - are for sale. Status: The building is under construction, and the developer has obtained all necessary county permits.
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NEWS
March 28, 2002
An article in the Anne Arundel County edition of The Sun yesterday about a proposed development near Annapolis should have made clear that Erwin L. Greenberg & Associates of Baltimore and Sturbridge Homes of Annapolis provided free food to residents of two nearby condominum complexes and gave a cash donation only to a church near the proposed project.
NEWS
By Lynn Anderson and Lynn Anderson,SUN STAFF | February 4, 2003
Concerned about a proposed development plan for Annapolis Neck, as well as a builder's push to erect condos, shops and offices on Bestgate Road, more than 300 residents attended an Anne Arundel County Council meeting last night. So many people crammed into the Arundel Center in Annapolis that the county fire marshal posted four officers at the entrance to the council chambers and denied admission or re-entry to some. Inside, those who couldn't find seats leaned against walls and sat in aisles.
NEWS
By Lynn Anderson and Lynn Anderson,SUN STAFF | July 23, 2002
Despite a recent court decision prohibiting commercial development at a property along bustling Bestgate Road, a commercial and residential village still could rise on the vacant lot near Annapolis. Attorneys with the Anne Arundel County Law Office said yesterday that any local decision to rezone the property would supersede last week's Court of Appeals ruling. County officials are set to consider zoning amendments for properties within the greater Annapolis area after the general election Nov. 5. "Developers could ask for - and get - mixed-use zoning in the near future," David A. Plymyer, deputy county attorney, said yesterday.
NEWS
By ELLEN GOODMAN | September 27, 1994
Sturbridge, Massachusetts. -- It is one of those soft September days in New England just before summer snaps into fall, and Carol Goodwin is taking me on a tour of her town.We drive past the classic town common flanked by a town hall and a church. We travel down a road familiar to Sunday drivers in pursuit of the trio of fall treasures in this part of the world: foliage, antiques and apples.Finally, we turn in to the town's tourist attraction, a re-created 19th-century community called Old Sturbridge Village, and leave the car to stroll along the dirt paths, past the herb garden, the broom shop, the tavern.
BUSINESS
By Joni Guhne and Joni Guhne,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | December 22, 2002
Michael DeStefano, president of Sturbridge Homes and Sturbridge Development Co., is relocating his company's headquarters to the Village at Waugh Chapel in Anne Arundel County, placing his almost 30-year-old construction firm at the heart of its most successful commercial project to date. The Home Builders Association of Maryland has underscored that success by naming the business portion of the Village - 357,000 square feet of retail space and 40,000 square feet of office space - the association's 2002 commercial project of the year.
NEWS
By Lynn Anderson and Lynn Anderson,SUN STAFF | June 18, 2002
Opponents of a major retail and residential development proposed for Bestgate Road held a rally to make their case at the Arundel Center in Annapolis last night. About 100 people - some holding signs that read "Stop the Village at Bestgate" with the V crossed out and a P inserted in its place - gathered to show their opposition to the project, which has been stymied by a long-running zoning debate. After the group's spokesman, John Flood of Annapolis, testified before the Anne Arundel County Council, the gathering moved outside to the front steps of the government center.
NEWS
By Tanya Jones and Tanya Jones,SUN STAFF | April 1, 1997
West County community leaders gave mixed reviews yesterday to a plan that mixes senior housing with shopping, a recreational facility, offices and restaurants.Several praised the Village at Waugh Chapel for bringing much-needed senior housing and services to their area and the developer for listening to the community. But the plan kills too many oaks, poplars and sycamore trees and destroys other natural elements of the 71-acre tract, observers and county planners noted during a hearing.Planned under new rulesProposed for the corner of Route 3 and Waugh Chapel Road near Crofton, the village would be the first "suburban community center" developed under legislation requiring community input,exceptional design and a mix of uses on a parcel.
NEWS
March 4, 1997
STURBRIDGE DEVELOPMENT CO. deserves credit for significantly improving its plans to build the Village at Waugh Chapel in western Anne Arundel County. More work and review is needed before the project receives final approval, but designs for the mixed-use center are looking more like the pedestrian-friendly place that county planners sought -- not the typical, automobile-oriented shopping center originally submitted.The legislation that created a new zoning category called "suburban community center" envisioned this type of a project, as well as the process that is shaping it. The law calls for community participation through a citizens panel and oversight by the county planning department.
BUSINESS
By Joni Guhne and Joni Guhne,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | December 22, 2002
Michael DeStefano, president of Sturbridge Homes and Sturbridge Development Co., is relocating his company's headquarters to the Village at Waugh Chapel in Anne Arundel County, placing his almost 30-year-old construction firm at the heart of its most successful commercial project to date. The Home Builders Association of Maryland has underscored that success by naming the business portion of the Village - 357,000 square feet of retail space and 40,000 square feet of office space - the association's 2002 commercial project of the year.
NEWS
By Lynn Anderson and Lynn Anderson,SUN STAFF | July 23, 2002
Despite a recent court decision prohibiting commercial development at a property along bustling Bestgate Road, a commercial and residential village still could rise on the vacant lot near Annapolis. Attorneys with the Anne Arundel County Law Office said yesterday that any local decision to rezone the property would supersede last week's Court of Appeals ruling. County officials are set to consider zoning amendments for properties within the greater Annapolis area after the general election Nov. 5. "Developers could ask for - and get - mixed-use zoning in the near future," David A. Plymyer, deputy county attorney, said yesterday.
NEWS
By Lynn Anderson and Lynn Anderson,SUN STAFF | June 18, 2002
Opponents of a major retail and residential development proposed for Bestgate Road held a rally to make their case at the Arundel Center in Annapolis last night. About 100 people - some holding signs that read "Stop the Village at Bestgate" with the V crossed out and a P inserted in its place - gathered to show their opposition to the project, which has been stymied by a long-running zoning debate. After the group's spokesman, John Flood of Annapolis, testified before the Anne Arundel County Council, the gathering moved outside to the front steps of the government center.
NEWS
March 28, 2002
An article in the Anne Arundel County edition of The Sun yesterday about a proposed development near Annapolis should have made clear that Erwin L. Greenberg & Associates of Baltimore and Sturbridge Homes of Annapolis provided free food to residents of two nearby condominum complexes and gave a cash donation only to a church near the proposed project.
NEWS
By Lynn Anderson and Lynn Anderson,SUN STAFF | March 27, 2002
Clarification An article in the Anne Arundel County edition of The Sun yesterday about a proposed development near Annapolis should have made clear that Erwin L. Greenberg & Associates of Baltimore and Sturbridge Homes of Annapolis provided free food to residents of two nearby condominum complexes and gave a cash donation only to a church near the proposed project. When Les Belcher talks about the 54 acres he owns on Bestgate Road near Annapolis - land he hopes to sell for millions of dollars - he sounds weary.
NEWS
By Lynn Anderson and Lynn Anderson,SUN STAFF | March 27, 2002
When Les Belcher talks about the 54 acres he owns on Bestgate Road near Annapolis - land he hopes to sell for millions of dollars - he sounds weary. As landowner, Belcher knows first-hand the strange saga of the property, a prime piece of undeveloped real estate near Westfield Shoppingtown that should have sold for a tidy sum about a decade ago. Instead, the property has languished for want of commercial zoning and become mired in political controversy. Whispers of sweetheart deals between a team of prospective developers and county officials resulted in an FBI probe.
NEWS
By Lynn Anderson and Lynn Anderson,SUN STAFF | February 4, 2003
Concerned about a proposed development plan for Annapolis Neck, as well as a builder's push to erect condos, shops and offices on Bestgate Road, more than 300 residents attended an Anne Arundel County Council meeting last night. So many people crammed into the Arundel Center in Annapolis that the county fire marshal posted four officers at the entrance to the council chambers and denied admission or re-entry to some. Inside, those who couldn't find seats leaned against walls and sat in aisles.
NEWS
By Lynn Anderson and Lynn Anderson,SUN STAFF | March 27, 2002
Clarification An article in the Anne Arundel County edition of The Sun yesterday about a proposed development near Annapolis should have made clear that Erwin L. Greenberg & Associates of Baltimore and Sturbridge Homes of Annapolis provided free food to residents of two nearby condominum complexes and gave a cash donation only to a church near the proposed project. When Les Belcher talks about the 54 acres he owns on Bestgate Road near Annapolis - land he hopes to sell for millions of dollars - he sounds weary.
NEWS
April 26, 1998
Facilities law, crowding of schools to be examinedCounty Executive John G. Gary has appointed a nine-member committee to reconcile the county's adequate facilities requirements with school crowding problems and redistricting.Under law, new subdivisions are allowed in areas where a school is crowded if a nearby school has room for more students. But there is no way to make sure that students from the new subdivision would go to the school that has room.The committee is to help craft legislation that would create "standards for the Board of Education to redistrict school service areas in a timely manner" consistent with the state's Smart Growth initiative and the county's general development plan, according to the County Council resolution under which it was created.
NEWS
By Tanya Jones and Tanya Jones,SUN STAFF | April 1, 1997
West County community leaders gave mixed reviews yesterday to a plan that mixes senior housing with shopping, a recreational facility, offices and restaurants.Several praised the Village at Waugh Chapel for bringing much-needed senior housing and services to their area and the developer for listening to the community. But the plan kills too many oaks, poplars and sycamore trees and destroys other natural elements of the 71-acre tract, observers and county planners noted during a hearing.Planned under new rulesProposed for the corner of Route 3 and Waugh Chapel Road near Crofton, the village would be the first "suburban community center" developed under legislation requiring community input,exceptional design and a mix of uses on a parcel.
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