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Melody Simmons’ real estate notebook, 6/10/11

Here’s the latest from suburban development.

On Joppa Road, between Loch Raven Boulevard and Perring Parkway, two divisions of The League for People with Disabilities have set up shop in 5,400 square feet of space.

At 8808 Orchard Tree Lane in Towson, the League Industries and The League’s Career Center are now in full swing, including a business service that offers mail, copy, print and assembly services. Next door, at 8806, the League’s Career Center has opened for workforce training of persons with disabilities.

League officials say that some of the employees in the career services program benefit from $2.6 million contract from the Maryland State Department of Education. The expanded office space means more unemployed residents with disabilities will be served. Over the past two years, they have seen a 30 percent increase in demand for work and now supervise 160 workers.

“This was an important move for our program and our participants,” said Vanessa Foster, the League’s director of employment services. “The new site more closely resembles a true work environment, which has a significant impact on the preparedness of participants to enter the workforce.”

The League’s headquarters on E. Cold Spring Lane remains open for adult medical day services, autism services and programs and camping and therapeutic recreation for more than 2,000 children and adults in the metro area.


Across the Beltway in Randallstown, Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz cut the ribbon at the $15.6 million Greens at Liberty Road Senior Apartment complex on Monday.

The development by Enterprise Homes Inc. features 81 one-bedroom and 24 two-bedroom apartments, and a dozen are fully accessible with three units featuring built-in gizmos for sensory impaired seniors.

“Enterprise Homes is delighted to stand here today with our partners as we commemorate the grand opening of this beautiful community in Randallstown,” said Chickie Grayson, president and CEO of Enterprise Homes. “However, what is truly exhilarating about this day is not the bricks and mortar, it’s knowing that 105 senior households will benefit from living in quality homes that are safe, sustainable, accessible and most importantly affordable. Senior populations are among the most vulnerable, and the Greens at Liberty Road exemplify Enterprise Homes’ commitment to providing critically needed housing for these individuals.”

Kamenetz has said that redevelopment of the Liberty Road corridor in Randallstown is a priority of his administration. Officials said the development was designed with the residential and commercial mix of the busy area in mind, and the building itself has a reflective flat roof that makes it green and sustainable.

The Greens offers seniors a multi-purpose room, fitness center, media center, sewing room, on-site laundry facilities and a computer room with free Internet access. And that’s just on the inside. Outdoors, there’s a walking path an outdoor patio, a covered entry porch, and an informal “quiet garden.”

Financing for The Greens at Liberty Road was provided by the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development and Baltimore County. Enterprise Community Investment Inc. provided a low-income housing tax credit equity investment and permanent mortgage debt financing through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Federal Housing Administration program.


Home sales in the Baltimore metro region increased slightly in May over April figures, according to a Bethesda housing data firm.

With 2,731 contracts signed last month, the figure was 0.7 percent higher than April’s signings, according to the Metropolitan Regional Information Systems Inc., which measures home sales.  The big news is that May’s figures were 53.7 percent higher than the same month in 2010.

The monthly report also shows that median sales price increased 3.2 percent over April’s figures to $221,950. Yet that figure remained  5.1 percent below the median sales price of $234,000 during May 2010.

Overall, median sales have edged 5.7 percent higher since January, the second lowest rate of increase in a decade. There were 17,104 active listings in the Baltimore metro area in May.


Tidbits: Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake’s campaign headquarters at 2601 N. Howard Street opens Saturday. This takes place before her-honor has even filed to run for election. A campaign aid explained the cart-before-the-horse move this week by saying: “The mayor is a busy woman.”  Not too busy, it seems to host a cookout in center city at her new digs … A $25 ticket will get you hobnobbing with wine and nibbles inside the luxury wing of the Towson Town Center on Tuesday June 23 from 5-8 p.m. The event is a fundraiser for the United Way of Central Maryland and features prizes and giveaways. Participating stores and restaurants include Tiffany & Co., Coach, Lacoste, P.F. Chang’s China Bistro and The Cheesecake Factory … This week the Charm City Circulator hit the 2 million passenger mark. In May, the Circulator 7,300 passengers per day. The free city shuttle opened service in 2010.

One comment

  1. Unless they have moved Orchard Tree Lane, it’s not “between” Loch Raven Blvd and Perring Pkwy; it is west of Loch Raven, closer to Towson.

    Could the fact checking maybe include looking at an actual map?