Winchester and Everson adding 1,000 units to Clarksburg housing supply -- Gazette.Net



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The story was corrected at 4:45 p.m., April 15, 2014. An explanation follows the story.

Interest among potential buyers of new homes and townhouses in the now-developing Cabin Branch area of Clarksburg/Boyds are “robust,” said Randy Lee, community sales manager for Winchester Homes.

Based in Bethesda, Winchester Homes and sister company Everson Homes, have started building the first of 1,000 residential units at the southwest area of Interstate 270 and Clarksburg Road (Md. 121) over the next seven to 10 years, Lee said.

“This is one of our larger communities,” Lee said. “We’re seeing a lot of growth in the Clarksburg area.”

About 60 percent of the units are expected to be three-story townhouses, and 40 percent single-family houses, Lee said.

Models of four single-family houses and one townhouse are expected to open in about two months, he said.

A “sneak peek” of units under construction near the sales center off Clarksburg Road is scheduled for April 26, Lee said.

Single-family houses range start at $479,900, and townhouses start at $349,000, he said.

Early phases of building by Winchester and Everson will also include construction of picnic, park and tot-lot areas as well as an open-air amphitheater, probably within the next two years, Lee said. An elementary school is also planned off Clarksburg Road.

As the site builds out, Toll Brothers is expected to build housing at the southern end of the site closer to Old Baltimore Road. Other amenities will also include a soccer field, clubhouse and pool, and a man-made lake, as well as hiking and biking trails through the parkland bordering Cabin Branch which runs through the site from north to south.

Construction is also expected to start within the year between the Cabin Branch residential area and I-270 on a mixed-use Premium fashion outlet center with about 100 stores, restaurants ad other retailers.

Developers of the outlet center are set to meet with surrounding property owners for an informational meeting at 7:30 p.m. April 22 in the Clarksburg Cottage public meeting room in the Highlands retail/office center at the southeast corner of Frederick Road (Md. 355) and Stringtown Road.

Construction of the outlet center is expected to start in the spring of 2015, with stores to open in the spring of 2016.

“We’re excited about what they’re doing,” said Melane Hoffman, a spokeswoman for the Liveable Clarksburg Coalition, which supports the project.

“The leadership of Liveable Clarksburg is delighted with the plans,” she said. “I think they’re listening to the community.”

Plans show multi-level retail buildings built into slopes to make the best use of the rolling rural site, she said.

“They’re working with the topography … instead of building a flat strip mall,” Hoffman said. “We’re very encouraged about what we’ve seen so far.”

For more information, visit winchesterhomes.com and cabinbranchoutlets.com.

In the orginal version of this story, the date for the “sneak peek” of units under construction near the sales center off Clarksburg Road was incorrect.

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