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Va. builder picked for residential development in White Marsh

A McLean, Va., builder has been tapped to begin work next summer on the first of 2,000 new residential units at a massive development near White Marsh.

Elm Street Development will serve as the residential partner at Greenleigh at Crossroads, a 1,000-acre mixed-use community now being built off of Route 43 near Interstate 95. St. John Properties Inc. and Somerset Construction Co. are the developers.

Elm Street Development “represents the perfect partner in our strategy to re-energize and enhance the overall character of the community with the addition of residential options,” said Ed St. John, chairman of St. John Properties, in a statement.

The housing units will include single-family homes, townhouses and apartments designed by Design Collective Inc.

They will be built on property that today is an expansive woodland across from the first residential property at the site, a 365-unit luxury development called Arbors at Baltimore Crossroads that opened in 2012.

Another development, Ryland Homes’ Windlass Overlook, opened shortly afterward, offering single-family homes.

The Crossroads development will eventually stretch across 1,000 acres. It will include a 5-acre park, a “town center” concept with mid-rise Class A commercial office space, two hotels and 450,000 square feet of retail.

It was made possible beginning in 2006 when an extension of Route 43 was opened that linked White Marsh and Eastern Boulevard in Middle River.

The next year, St. John started to develop what today is almost 1.2 million square feet of office and retail space at Baltimore Crossroads in a project that was then stalled by the recession. Now that it has restarted, the company expects to invest $10 million in the Crossroads development, including Greenleigh, St. John officials have said.

“Eastern Baltimore County residents are ready for an elevated residential product mix that complements the existing luxury apartment community,” said Somerset Construction executive Mike Caruthers, in a statement.

“This next critical phase of Baltimore Crossroads represents a multi-year program, and Elm Street has demonstrated its understanding of the marketplace as well as its ability to create distinguished and marketable residential communities,” Caruthers said.

Elm Street Development has built more 38,000 housing units in the metropolitan area.

The company is also working on another development in White Marsh, Fieldcrest, that will hold 173 single-family homes, and a development of semi-detached units in Lutherville called Meadowvale.