James Rada Jr.
(4/19) The Thurmont Commissioners last
heard from Drees Homes in December when the company asked that its annexation
request for property south of Thurmont be tabled. Since then, Stuart Terl has
been brainstorming with others about how to best make the request a reality,
having on-site studies conducted and watching the progression of discussions
about other annexation requests.
Now Drees is ready to reactivate its
request to have 113.6 acres near the new Weis Market annexed into the town.
“We’ve been tweaking the proposal as we
perform our studies on site,” said Terl, division president with Drees Homes,
“We’re making sure everything is buildable.”
One issue that has been raised about the project is the wet soils on the
property, which is one of the studies being conducted.
“There may be some areas we don’t want to
build on,” Terl said. “We can adjust the alignment to avoid those areas.”
The other frequent comment about the
project is that it would bring too many houses onto the town’s already
overtaxed sewer system. Terl said he has been brainstorming with others on how
to address this point. One idea is that Drees place money to help the sewer
problem in escrow to be used by the town when construction begins.
“We can also do exactly as the Myers group
proposed and build a sewer treatment plan,” Terl said.
The target costs for the 329 houses would
be about $350,000 for the single-family homes, about $250,000 for town houses
and about $180,000 for elevator-accessed condominiums. Terl said these were the
target price points and the final price would depend on how much costs, such as
those paid to the town in the annexation agreement, would be. The existing
proffer package for the development would be worth about $2.5 million to
“The goal is to present a proposal and
say, ‘This is a proposal. What we really want is to hear what you want,’” Terl
Terl said the next step is to officially
reactivate the Drees annexation request and make an appearance before the
commissioners to update them on the project.