PROJECT OF THE YEAR
The Trails at Beech Creek
Clark Turner Companies
The Trails at Beech Creek began as a 300 acre golf course and the current plan includes 373 single family homes and 395 town homes and villas. There are 166 acres that have been preserved as open space and 94 acres of Natural Resource District of which only .09 acres have permanent wetland impact. The community features 13 acres of active open space including 3.5 miles of walking trails that has been incorporated into the existing golf course cart paths.
The golf course clubhouse (19th hole) is currently being renovated into an HOA clubhouse. Amenities currently available to residents include pool and splash pad, group exercise area and group meeting area. Future amenities include wine room, game room, yoga room, fitness center with exercise equipment and tennis court. To maintain the golf course feel, the existing bag drop has been converted into a covered bike rack and the mailbox structures have been designed to match golf course architecture. The community utilized existing golf course wet ponds in the design and operation of the community storm water management system. The original farm spring house located on the property was preserved and is accessible from community walking trails.
The Trails at Beech Creek faced some development hurdles. For example, a covered entry feature had to be submitted as a bridge for permitting purposes. In addition, five off-site state intersections required improvement and that included significant ROW acquisitions. Three of the intersections had overlapping responsibilities with other developers of neighboring projects resulting in Harford County’s first Road Club. The project was in continuous development from March 2010 through June 2013.
AWARDS OF EXCELLENCE
Reservoir Ridge is a 254 residence, back-to-back townhouse community located in Eldersburg, Maryland. Originally a 20 acre outparcel within a larger planned use development approved in the 1970s, the developers achieved unappealable site plan approval for the project in late 2006 after an 11 year entitlement process. This process included four rejected site plans, four zoning board appeals and a rezoning that was later overturned by the Court of Special Appeals. The long lead time of the entitlement caused further complications ranging from the retrofitting of plans into modern code compliance to the ability to provide clean title for the site. Today the project stands over 50 percent complete and has become one of South Carroll County’s most successful communities.
Elm Street Development
Odenton Gateway is an 18-acre mixed-use development situated at the eastern gateway to the Odenton Town Center in Odenton, Maryland. The project is an assemblage of three separate parcels at the corner of Sappington Station Road and Route 175 in Odenton, Maryland. Elm Street Development controlled approximately 12 acres and the balance was owned by the Baldwin family. Elm Street and the Baldwin family forged an agreement to seek joint approvals. Elm Street managed the entitlement process and developed the site. Reliable Contracting served as the general contractor. Odenton Gateway demonstrates its sustainability and protects the environment through the use of advanced stormwater management BMP’s (bioretention cells, porous concrete, Coastal Plains Outfall, advanced sand filter). In addition, the apartments have been certified as a Green Certified community by the National Association of Home Builders. This was the first apartment community in the State of Maryland to earn this designation. The project is located within the Odenton Town Center BRAC Zone and the Odenton Growth Management Area and is located one (1) mile from the Odenton MARC Station; the most heavily utilized station on the Penn line. This area has long been designated for growth due to its proximity to major growth centers within Anne Arundel County.
Uptown at Murray Hill
Uptown at Murray Hill is an easy walk to Annapolis City Dock and a 10-minute drive to major commuting routes MD Rt. 50 and I-97. It is in the charming Murray Hill residential neighborhood - steps from the chic Park Place center, and just minutes to all of the historic sites, parks and recreation of Annapolis.
Six different row home styles and three single family styles are available, ranging from two to five bedrooms, all with open floor plans, large master suites, spacious kitchens and baths with luxury finishes, and private garages. A community courtyard and optional rooftop terraces are key features to the indoor-outdoor lifestyle offered in this resort-like water town community. Designed for ENERGY STAR certification, homes will use less energy, water and natural resources—creating less waste, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and providing lower energy costs for homeowners.
Orchard Meadows at North Ridge
Orchard Meadows at North Ridge is a Market Rate, Class “A” rental home community in Ellicott City, Maryland. There are 144 – one and two bedroom apartment homes within 4 buildings situated on ten prime acres. Each building is 4 stories with elevators and a controlled access entry system. The site features include a clubhouse with state-of-the-art fitness room, yoga room, coffee bar, lounge and pool. Orchard Meadows is a National Green Building Standard Silver Certification Award Winner. The challenging site includes an 80’ wide major connector road that was built for Howard County. The public road bisected the site which made the site design extremely challenging. The architect and engineer met the challenge by locating the buildings close to the road and screening the parking behind the buildings. This helped to create an urban feel and a very walkable community that ties into the surrounding neighborhood and commercial amenities. The design team also created traffic calming devices along the road to slow traffic and improve pedestrian safety. Howard County Government has wanted this North Ridge tie-in for over 20 years and Orchard Development worked closely with county administration and planning & zoning to complete the road. The tight site was also very challenging in terms of storm water management. We went above and beyond all regulations by building 13 Bio-Retention Facilities, rain gardens, enhanced landscaping and 250 pervious parking spaces. The community boasts other environmentally friendly features and amenities such as a resident bike loaner program as well as a dedicated dog park. Orchard Meadows is a “Green” community and is proud to achieve a superior rating for; energy efficiency, water conservation, resource management, indoor environmental quality, site development and building operation and maintenance. All apartment homes are 100 percent leased and occupied within 8 months of construction turnover.