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Huge apartment complex project advanced by board

Proposed Beechtree Apartments in Prince Frederick MD
Prince Frederick, MD –
  A plan to construct five four-story apartment buildings in a county long-known for having a low inventory of that type of housing advanced during the Calvert County Planning Commission’s Wednesday, Oct. 18 meeting. The proposed development in the Prince Frederick Town Center’s Village District would have 249 apartments, a maintenance building and a community center. The apartment complex would be located off Prince Frederick Boulevard on Allnut Court, which is also the access road to the existing Chapline subdivision.

“We’re bringing quality to the county,” said developer Anthony Williams, who identified himself at the meeting as the president of Beechtree LLC. Williams called the proposed Beechtree Apartments “a state-of-the-art community. For 25 years I felt this was needed.”

Residency at Beechtree will come at a significant price. Architect Kevin Carney stated that monthly rent would be the equivalent of a monthly mortgage payment.

“This marketplace is being underserved,” Carney stated. He added that many people employed in Prince Frederick who prefer apartment living to owning a house are living in adjacent counties—such as St. Mary’s—where the housing options are more diverse. Carney said he has spoken with several St. Mary’s residents who commute to Calvert who have expressed an interest in the Beechtree Apartments project.

Williams told the Planning Commission that the nearly 14-acre farmland where Beechtree Apartments would be located features “the most beautiful lily pond you have ever seen.” The developers’ plan is to incorporate the pond within the project as the complex’s focal point. The pond could also help address stormwater management requirements.

Calvert County Department of Planning and Zoning staff recommended the project for site plan review with conditions. The agent for the project is R.A. Barrett and Associates.

Contact Marty Madden at marty.madden@thebaynet.com

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