New company, name and plan at Sheltered Harbor
Wednesday, 09 October 2013 11:33

The Villages at Sheltered Harbor model home has been demolished.
photo by Ben Boehl

New proposal must go through PUD process

by Ben Boehl

    The housing development at Chesterwood and Stansbury roads now has a new engineer and a new name.
    The Villages at Sheltered Harbor is now known as the Town Center at Sheltered Harbor. Christopher Consultants LTD, based in Columbia, has taken over the design of the project.
    The engineer and the project name are not the only changes to the new development as the plan has also changed — again.
    According to a layout sent to a neighborhood resident, the Christopher Consultants plans call for the building of only 42 townhomes, with most of these homes’ entrances facing either west or east.
    John DiGiulian, of 508 Di Giulian Blvd LTD — the owner of the town center project and Sheltered Harbor Marina — said in an e-mail that the change was made because there is a market for townhomes in the community.
    “The condo market has not come back yet, and the market for [townhomes] is strong at this time,” DiGiulian said. “These changes to the plan will allow the project to start. Ryan Homes is involved in both the village and town center townhomes.”
    As described in a December 2011 Eagle article, the Thomas Builders plan then in place called for 65 townhomes, with most of those facing south. The original plan for that development was 144 homes but was later downsized.
    Thomas Builders at Sheltered Harbor LLC was the previous developer.
    Di Giulian said that  Thomas Builders will still be the developer of the project; however, attempts by The Eagle to contact the company failed; Thomas Builders’ published phone number was disconnected and an e-mail sent to the company was bounced back as undeliverable.
    The model home that was on Stansbury Road has been demolished.
    Since the changes in the development plan legally constitute a new proposal,  this project will have to go through the Planned Unit Development (PUD) process.
    A Development Plan Conference was scheduled to be held on Wednesday, Oct. 9 in Towson; the PUD process usually leads to many more community input meetings.
    Representatives of Christopher Consultants did not return phone calls requesting comment by press time.