Plans pre­sented for In­dian Head hous­ing project

Plan­ning com­mis­sion to re­view de­vel­oper’s pro­posal

Maryland Independent - - News - By CHARLIE WRIGHT cwright@somd­ Twit­ter: @Char­lieIndyNews Twit­ter: @Jes­si­caIndyNews

A lo­cal de­vel­oper and en­gi­neer­ing con­sul­tant pre­sented a plan for a hous­ing de­vel­op­ment in In­dian Head at the town’s Plan­ning Com­mis­sion meet­ing on Wed­nes­day.

Of­fice man­ager Ajay Sharma of the con­sult­ing firm ATCS and de­vel­oper Amit Par­ba­dia of con­tract­ing firm Sona Homes have part­nered to cre­ate a con­cept for homes near the Su­per 8 off of In­dian Head High­way. The group is in­ter­ested in the plot of land bor­dered by 6th Street and East Poplar Lane, which would in­volve con­struct­ing a new out­let ten­ta­tively named 7th Street.

The prop­erty is cur­rently owned by the state of Mary­land and has been for awhile, said Town Man­ager Ryan Hicks. Be­fore pur­chas­ing the plot, Par­ba­dia and his team are re­quest­ing the town’s as­sis­tance for sev­eral ad­just­ments to the sur­round­ing area. Sharma ex­plained the group would like to swap part of the prop­erty with a nearby piece of land owned by the town, which would bet­ter con­nect the pro­posed de­vel­op­ment.

“For the provin­cial vi­a­bil­ity, it does help when we swap the land,” Sharma said. “In our opin­ion, it gives more value when you have a con­tin­u­ous, larger town open space rather than a smaller open space.”

Sharma and Par­ba­dia also asked to widen the pro­posed street to 42 feet in width, al­though it was pre­vi­ously ded­i­cated to be only 25 feet wide. The road has al­ready been planted and ded­i­cated but con­struc­tion has yet to be­gin. The land swap and the widen­ing of the street would al­low the de­vel­op­ers to cre­ate a cul-de-sac within the de­vel­op­ment.

In ex­change for these re­quests, the group is of­fer­ing sig­nif­i­cant im­prove­ments to the town. A bas­ket­ball court and dog park would be part of the de­vel­op­ment, as well as a park­ing lot. Chair­man Michael Pel­le­grino viewed the agree­ment as a ma­jor un­der­tak­ing for In­dian Head and con­sid­ered other uses for the prop­erty.

“You’re ask­ing for sig­nif­i­cant con­ces­sions from the town, that’s prob­a­bly the big­gest thing,” Pel­le­grino said. “I’d like to see that lot more uti­lized for a park.”

Par­ba­dia ex­plained the deal with the town is es­sen­tial for the group to move for­ward with the project, as fail­ing to com­plete the prop­erty trade would hand­i­cap their abil­ity to con­struct a de­sir­able com­mu­nity. He added that al­though none of the de­tails have been fi­nal­ized, the de­vel­op­ers pre­dict the houses will cost around $300,000.

The com­mis­sion re­ceived a packet of in­for­ma­tion about the project just a few days be­fore the pre­sen­ta­tion and there­fore many of the de­tails were still for­eign to them. The mem­bers sug­gested Sharma and Par­ba­dia re­turn for another dis­cus­sion once ev­ery­one had an op­por­tu­nity to ex­am­ine the nu­ances of the project.

There is no time­line for the ad­vance­ment of the con­cept plan nor a re­con­ven­ing of the two sides. Con­sid­er­ing the de­vel­op­ers have yet to pur­chase the prop­erty, it would seem the project is far from con­struc­tion.

“They have a lot of work to do,” said com­mis­sion mem­ber Wayne Hig­don.

A man drove a white Chevro­let pickup truck into a Wal­dorf home around 2:14 p.m. Mon­day at the cor­ner of Ul­ster Court and Wake­field Cir­cle.

The man was head­ing south on Wake­field Cir­cle when he re­port­edly lost con­trol of the ve­hi­cle, plowed through a stop sign, drove into the back­yard of a house on the 2500 block of Ul­ster Court and ended up crash­ing through a garage of a home on the 2600 block of Ul­ster Court.

Ch­eryl Turner said she heard the noise of the crash af­ter the man hit the stop sign and bar­reled through her yard and cac­tus plants.

Diane Richard­son, pub­lic in­for­ma­tion of­fi­cer for Charles County Sher­iff’s Of­fice, said that they are look­ing into the pos­si­bil­ity of a med­i­cal emer­gency as a cause of the crash.

Wal­dorf Vol­un­teer Fire De­part­ment and La Plata Vol­un­teer Fire De­part­ment re­sponded to the in­ci­dent.

Af­ter a man lost con­trol of a white Chevro­let pickup truck, he crashed through the garage of a Ul­ster Court home in Wal­dorf.

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