A Montgomery County developer has submitted plans this month to the Howard County Planning Board to build up to 180 single-family homes in Ellicott City.
The upscale custom homes at the Estates at Patapsco Park would be located just next to Route 29 and Old Frederick Road. Homes would range between 2,500 and 6,000 square feet.
Simon Rosenberg, a partner with Silver Spring developer Patapsco Park Associates, says he expects that it will take at least a year to 18 months to go through the county approval process. He says he doesn’t have a timeframe for when construction would begin if and when the county approves the plan.
The new homes are an extension of the developer’s first venture in the Mount Hebron neighborhood, Patapsco Park Estates. Properties in the existing 144-home community cost between $500,000 and $1 million.
Rosenberg says he doesn’t yet know how much the new homes would cost. It depends on what the market demands.
“The baby hasn’t been born and everyone has a lot of questions,” Rosenberg says.
Residents who attended a recent Mount Hebron/Orchards Community Association meeting expressed concerns that additional homes would exacerbate traffic woes along Old Frederick Road. Rosenberg says his firm is now undertaking a traffic study to determine the homes' impact.
Though the housing market is currently in the doldrums, Rosenberg says he believes there will be a demand for new homes in the future.
“Housing is not going to stop. It’s just a mater of how fast you can sell.”
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Source: Simon Rosenberg, Patapsco Park Associates