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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?