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Creig Northrop Team Expands in Baltimore and Howard County

The Creig Northrop Team of Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc. has expanded its Baltimore City and Howard County real estate offices.

In Baltimore City, The Creig Northrop Team of Long & Foster has hired ‘City Specialists’ Tiffany and Kelsey Cronin to raise both visibility and sales within this specific marketplace.

Originally from the Baltimore City region and current residents, both Tiffany and Kelsey come from a family of real estate professionals. As ‘City Specialists,’ they will solely focus their sales efforts within the Baltimore City market, including Canton, Fells Point, Federal Hill, Brewers/Butchers Hill, City Center, Little Italy, Harbor East, and Pig Town.

In order to continue to deepen The Creig Northrop Team of Long & Foster’s success in the Howard County region, the company has hired George Cronin, father of the team’s newly hired ‘City Specialists’, and Stefan Holtz to join the Sales Team as Full-Time Sales Agents.

George is a veteran in the Real Estate Industry with over 31 years of experience and extensive knowledge of the Howard County area. His background includes Real Estate Management and Sales and he is also a Certified Residential Broker (CRB). Stefan has been a licensed agent for over eight years.

“Since the Fall of 2008, we have successfully sold 194 homes within these two regions alone and I am confident that with the addition of our newly hired ‘City Specialists,’ and the expertise and proven track-records of George and Stefan, that we’ll be able to continue to grow our success in these regions.”


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Four Maryland Counties Named Richest in the Country

Four Maryland Counties were named the richest in the country according to a recent Newseek Report.

Below is the top-ten list based on Median Household Income:  Continue reading

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Brand New Home Communities Coming to Clarksville

Extra! Extra! Read all about it!

Two Brand New Communities Coming to Clarksville, Howard County this Summer/Fall 2010.

Maple Woods – 3 acre home sites
Starting in the $700’s


Walnut Grove – 1 acre home sites
Starting in the $800’s

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Howard County taking applications for moderate income houses

The county’s Department of Housing and Community Development will accept applications for its moderate income housing unit program through the end of October.

The program offers reduced sale and rent prices to families who qualify based on income standards.

To be eligible, potential home buyers must have an income that does not exceed $81,338 for a family of four.

Base prices range from $121,000 for condominiums to $229,000 for townhouses.

Potential renters must earn no more than $61,003 for a family of four and rents range from $1,144 to $1,769 monthly.

Since 2007, 65 new townhouses and condos have been released to the home ownership program.

“We are extremely excited to see that the goals of the MIHU program are being realized,” County Executive Kenneth Ulman said in a statement. “This program is helping to bridge the affordability gap by offering housing opportunities to those working families that want to be a part of our community.”

Open enrollment for the program is held quarterly.

Lottery drawings for units in Belmont Station, Village Towns and Gatherings at Jefferson Place are anticipated in November.

The housing department will also host a Buyers and Renters Workshop to explain the program’s eligibility and application process Oct. 8 from 6 to 8 p.m. at 6751 Columbia Gateway Drive, in Columbia.

For more information about moderate income housing, go to http://www.howardcountymd.gov or call 410-313-6318.

Source: Sarah Breitenbach, explorehoward.com (10/8/2009)

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Planning board signs off on Columbia redevelopment

30-year-plan for downtown now in hands of Howard County Council

The county’s planning board Thursday unanimously approved an ambitious, 30-year plan to redevelop downtown Columbia, leaving the future of the planned community’s center in the hands of the County Council.

However, the board issued no opinion on accompanying legislation that would change zoning laws to allow the future development.

Dave Grabowski, chairman of the planning board, said the group felt it could not make a recommendation on the zoning regulation without knowing what the final version of the plan will look like once the council has approved it.

That decision may prevent the planning board from weighing in on the zoning portion of the redevelopment in the future, as the council could vote on that portion when it takes up the redevelopment plan, without waiting for board recommendations.

The plan for downtown Columbia calls for 5,500 new residential units, 5 million square feet of office space and 1.25 million square feet of retail space.

The plan, as proposed by General Growth Properties Inc., would develop downtown Columbia in stages over the course of 30 years.

Council member Calvin Ball, whose district includes part of Columbia, said council members will give consideration to the planning board’s recommendations, but said it was important for the council to examine the development plan and the accompanying zoning changes together.

“Passing on and then moving forward to the other, I’m not sure if that’s the best process … for the public or … for the actual movement in downtown Columbia,” he said.

Source: Columbia Flier, Sarah Breitenbach (9/18/2009)

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Safety improvements are coming soon to MD Route 32

Ulman and O’Malley Administration Announce Safety Changes to MD Route 32

ELLICOTT CITY, MD – Howard County Executive Ken Ulman and Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley announced today that immediate safety improvements will be made to MD Route 32, north of I-70 in Howard County. Two recent fatal crashes in the area have highlighted the need for immediate action to address the safety concerns of the community.

“I appreciate the O’Malley Administration’s quick response to our concerns,” said Executive Ulman. “While we can’t undo the terrible tragedies that have occurred in the past, the planned improvements will make the road safer and lessen the future risk to drivers on this busy highway.”

“The recent fatalities in two different crashes are terrible tragedies. Our hearts go out to the families and friends of those lost,” said SHA Administrator Neil J. Pedersen. “SHA met with the community and their biggest concern was related to making left-turns into the communities with fast-moving traffic coming from behind. We are able to make some short-term and longer term modifications that should increase driver awareness and slow traffic, hopefully preventing similar accidents.”

Effective immediately, the State Highway Administration (SHA) will begin implementation of the following measures:

  • Install three oversized warning signs facing both the north and southbound traffic on MD Route 32 between MD Route 99 and the Carroll County line; the signs will display this message, “Pay Attention—Watch for Left Turning Traffic”
  • Install intersection warning signs (symbol signs showing left turn), with street names for River Road, Amberwoods Way and Day Road
  • Install rumble strips in the travel lane (northbound and southbound on MD-Route 32) approximately 500 ft. prior to River Road, Amberwoods Way and Day Road
  • Close passing zones and replace with a solid centerline near River Road, Amberwoods Way and Day Road
  • Deploy speed trailers to this area; one trailer in each direction, showing oncoming traffic how fast it is traveling

The State Highway Administration (SHA) has also agreed that in fall 2009 they will:

  • Construct a pavement overlay and re-stripe MD Route 32 at River Road, Amberwoods Way and Day Road; this will provide separate left-turn lanes at each of these intersections
  • In order to improve the visibility for the driver of the location of the travel lanes and to reduce vehicle speeds, the centerline and edge line markings will be increased to 10 inches in line width; this change will begin at MD Route 99 and continue to the Howard County Line
  • SHA will continue to collect traffic data and evaluate potential traffic safety enhancements for other intersections within the corridor

Earlier this year Executive Ulman sent the Maryland Department of Transportation the County’s annual priority projects list, and in that letter Ulman made “highway safety on MD Route 32” his “critical safety priority.”

Source (http://www.howardcountymd.gov/News/News_20090916.htm)

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Back to school for Howard County students!

Today marks the start of the 2009-2010 school year for Howard County students, faculty and staff. We wish all of the students, faculty and staff a fun and prosperous school year.

Below is list of the upcoming Back-to-School nights:

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