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Whats Going Next to HomeGoods in Abingdon MD
By Scott
April 10, 2017

Have you been wondering what’s going in the space being added next to HomeGoods at the far end of Constant Friendship Shopping Center in Abingdon, MD? I’ll give you a hint: what’s a place that you need to visit every year, and if you don’t, people will know it when you smile? That’s right, the dentist! More specifically, according to the flyer for the property on the shopping center’s website, Aspen Dental will be entering the space.

The total addition is almost 8,000 square feet and the dental office is only taking up a portion. There will be remaining space available for another retailer to move in; don’t get too excited because this location is considered less than desirable for most retailers because of the lack of visibility, but it might work for a business that is complementary to the HomeGoods.

What would you like to see there? Another restaurant, of which there aren’t many in this center? How about a clothing retailer? Keep in mind that it will only be about 3,000 to 4,000 square feet, depending on how much Aspen Dental takes. Give us your opinion!  

Bozzuto Harbor East Project

If you haven’t been downtown since the Ravens were eliminated from playoff contention, you may not have seen the project going up just outside Harbor East. It’s a 28-story mixed-use development known as “Liberty Harbor East,” built by Bozzuto Development, located at 711 S. Central Ave., but it basically takes up the entire block between Aliceanna and Fleet, just off Eden.

The development is mostly residential, including 335 apartment units, although 49 are expected to be slated as condominiums. And there is no chance you’ll be running out of Quinoa anytime soon, since Whole Foods will take over a whopping 50,000 square foot space in the main floor, leaving its 13,500 square foot space behind right down the street. Another 3,500 square foot space is available to the right retail tenant.

This is only one of a plethora of massive projects being developed throughout the city, but its one of the most notable because of its position along the main route between Fells Point and Harbor East. Along that main path, the Harbor Point project is blocking traffic down the waterfront, so what might have been a detour route is instead another construction site. We'll be sure to keep an eye on that one as well. 

Thanks for reading and keep an eye out for our next featured project! 

Scenic Manor in Havre de Grace
By Scott
January 16, 2017

If you were riding up Chapel road in Havre de Grace recently, you probably saw some bulldozers performing site work on some land across from Bulle Rock. And if you’ve been frequenting this area for a while, you probably remember this happening a few years back, only to stall at some point. Well, now it’s officially in motion, and we’re going to give you a bit of a rundown.

The development is called “Scenic Manor,” and as of now, consists of 85 single family home sites averaging a quarter acre each. The builder is Keystone Custom Homes, based in Pennsylvania, and in our area, most notable for building in communities like Kelly Glen in Bel Air and Louise Estates in Port Deposit. Their homes can most accurately be characterized by being semi-custom, featuring a lot of stone façade, flexible layouts and attractive front elevation. Natural gas is available in the community, and there is an HOA fee of $40/mo.

My guess is you’re wondering now, where do I start? If you’re looking to buy a new home, it does pay to contact a RealtorÒ, so my first piece of advice is to call one. They will be able to help you navigate the purchase process, because that smiling salesperson in that pristine new model home is working entirely for the builder (yeah, the seller)! And don’t buy into the idea that you will get a better deal if you don’t have a RealtorÒ; builders factor the costs to pay a buyer’s agent into their marketing budgets, so they expect that you’ll have one. Also, it’s not uncommon for them to offer you better incentives when they suspect that you are shopping elsewhere, and this is what they’ll assume if you walk in with an agent!

This is the first community of its kind in Havre de Grace in some time, so it will not last long. The city is beautiful, the people are friendly and the schools are top notch. If you’re going to go this route, you might want to start now, and if you have a home to sell first, you could be in a better  position than you think. If you need a home value estimate for your current home, go to Route40RealEstate.com and enter your information today. 

What is Going Behind Beards Hill in Aberdeen?

If you’re like me, you’ve taken the back way to Beards Hill Plaza by coming in from Paradise Road, down past Maxa, in order to elude the traffic lights that can be a little slow. With the construction on Route 22, it has become even slower to get through the area, so scurrying down what once was a back road was always a little faster.

That’s about to change.

The huge swath of land behind Beards Hill, just across from the Jiffy Lube, has been cleared, and is now quietly under development. The site work is being done, including the grading of the lot, water and sewer systems, and sediment control.

The new development is a 198-unit apartment complex called Summerlin, which joins the recently opened community near Ripken Stadium named The Yards at Fieldside Village, which has 200 units, clubhouse, gym, and even a Starbucks coffee station! According to their website, unit sizes at Fieldside start at 777 square feet and go up to 1,309, and prices currently range from $1,332 to $1,709.

While not many details are available about Summerlin, it has been given a 4-star rating—the same status provided to Fieldside—so we can assume that it will have similar amenities so they can compete for tenants.

Apartment construction had been nonexistent in the area, but developers seem to think they found a need. Do you think these apartment complexes will be successful, or are these builders making false predictions about the area, similar to what the office developers did in recent years? 

Next to Harbor Shops in Havre de Grace
By Scott
November 7, 2016

I remember as a kid, one of my favorite cartoons was The Flintstones. For those of us old enough, you’ll recall that Fred worked at a quarry, using one of those massive earth-moving machines. One of my most vivid memories was how he reacted when the whistle blew at the end of the day and it was time to go home!

I couldn’t help but think about the cartoon when I saw the massive rocks being shoved around in the picture below, which is just next to the Harbor Shops in Havre de Grace, on route 40 next to Rite Aid. I’ve lived in the area for decades, and never thought I’d see this lot built on; it’s a little high off the ground, and seemed kind of steep. I guess they can still make it happen.

From what I hear, the lot is planned for more retail. The plans show another convenience store (Havre de Grace seems to adore convenience!) with gas pumps, a 3,500 square foot restaurant (probably fast food), and an inline strip for more assorted shopping. As of right now, none of the space is leased, and they are only finishing up the site work.

So, knowing this, what would you like to see there? What new restaurant does Havre de Grace have the capacity to support? Which convenience store? Let us know!