Plans presented for Indian Head housing project
Planning commission to review developer’s proposal
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.