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Millersville getting mixed-use condo complex Project being billed as ‘active adult’ community
By GRANT HUANG Staff Writer
Maryland Gazette

A major condominium complex for adults 55 and up is coming to Millersville, expanding the number of projects that mix residential and commercial space.
Severna Park Gateway Village, under construction on Veterans Highway near Benfield Boulevard, will include two residential condos with 44 units each and five smaller commercial buildings with office and retail space.

“Scale-wise, it’s very friendly to this area,” said George Maloney, president and CEO of Helix Construction Corp., a Millersville firm building the $30 million project. “It’s not about gigantic buildings.”

The complex will span about 13 acres, with 150,000 square feet of residential space and 75,000 square feet of mixed office and retail space, Mr. Maloney said.

The condos are being billed as an “active adult” community, with at least one person 55 or older on the deed, said Vicki Shinaberry, a sales associate for Champion Realty of Severna Park.

“There’s just a huge population that lives in the Severna Park and Millersville area that’s aging,” said Mrs. Shinaberry, who is overseeing sales for the project. “They want to stay near their friends, their families, their churches and their community organizations.”

Severna Park Gateway Village is the answer, she said. “The condo fee covers all exterior maintenance … people can leave for six months and come back and it’s not a problem,” Mrs. Shinaberry said. “We don’t have anything like this in Millersville and Severna Park. The closest thing to it would be communities you’d find in Odenton or Piney Orchard and, to be frank, that’s getting to be a very congested area.”

While children and grandchildren can visit for days at a time, no permanent residents under 19 are allowed.

Prices start around $376,000 for the most basic condo, which includes one bedroom, one bathroom and a den. The largest condo comes to around $640,000 and would include two bedrooms, two-and-a-half bathrooms, a formal dining room, a larger kitchen, a living room and two balconies.

It’s still too early to know what businesses will reside in the five smaller commercial buildings, but early indications point to a pub, several ethnic restaurants, an upscale deli, a dessert shop and a coffee shop, Mrs. Shinaberry said.

“We’ve gotten some letters of interest but nothing (solid) yet.”

The complex will promote susfee covers all exterior maintenance … people can leave for six months and come back and it’s not a problem,” Mrs. Shinaberry said.

“We don’t have anything like this in Millersville and Severna Park. The closest thing to it would be communities you’d find in Odenton or Piney Orchard and, to be frank, that’s getting to be a very congested area.”

That seems to be the consensus among local experts, who see a need for more age-restricted housing.

“I think that’s very accurate,” said Robert Johnston, vice president of government affairs for the Anne Arundel County Association of Realtors.

While children and grandchildren can visit for days at a time, no permanent residents under 19 are allowed.

Prices start around $376,000 for the most basic condo, which includes one bedroom, one bathroom and a den. The largest condo comes to around $640,000 and would include two bedrooms, 2½ bathrooms, a formal dining room, a larger kitchen, a living room and two balconies.

Early indications point to a pub, ethnic restaurants, an upscale deli, a dessert shop and a coffee shop moving into the commercial space.

“We’ve gotten some letters of interest but nothing (solid) yet,” Mrs. Shinaberry said.

The complex will promote sus-

tainability and is environmentally friendly, Mr. Maloney said.

“There’s a need for this sort of lifestyle arrangement, for this type of housing,” he said. “If I was 55 I’d probably be buying one of these myself.”

The entire project is slated for completion by 2010, though the first of the two residential condos should be open by November.

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