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PHOTOS: 39-Home Chapel Road Development Eyeing Spring Completion

Developers have broken ground on 39 new Perry Hall homes at the corner of Chapel Road and Cross Road.

Dirt, downed trees and construction equipment fill an 18-acre lot planned to hold 39 single-family homes at Chapel Road and Cross Road. 

While the Reserve at Camp Chapel housing development gained approval about four years ago, construction was held until this winter due to the struggling economy, Patch reported. 

A representative of developer D.R. Horton said construction of homes will likely begin in January, and that the development should be completed by the spring. 

The planned neighborhood is named after a former horse farm and the historic Camp Chapel United Methodist Church nearby.

Projected new residents will add approximately nine students to Gunpowder Elementary School, six students to Perry Hall Middle School and seven students to Perry Hall High School, according to a Baltimore County school impact analysis document dated July 19, 2006, provided by the Baltimore County Department of Planning.

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Honeygo Hal January 09, 2013 at 08:48 PM
39 additional houses, and the closest park on Snyder Lane - how is it that Chapel Rd. STILL doesn't need sidewalks?
SLI January 09, 2013 at 09:24 PM
Are you sure it's jot being named after the beautiful horse farm that used to be there?
Dan January 09, 2013 at 09:51 PM
My heart goes out to all prospective buyers: http://www.consumeraffairs.com/housing/dr_horton.html
Tom January 09, 2013 at 10:49 PM
I called Councilman Marks because I noticed that they are digging a trench directly into the small stream behind the houses on Chapel road. I hope Horton is planing on building a water retaining system and not just dumping all the drainage form the 18 acres directly into the stream. If this happens I know every house downstream will end up needing flood insurance.
Tom January 09, 2013 at 11:13 PM
WOW, Dan I just went to this site! I wonder how they will pass any inspections in Baltimore County. I live on Chapel Road in an older home and was considering looking at these homes to move into as my next home. Thanks for the link you helped me not make a huge mistake.
Born to be Free January 09, 2013 at 11:15 PM
A tragedy for Perry Hall
Jeff January 09, 2013 at 11:25 PM
As for the sidewalks, if you bought a house that didnt have sidewalks, then dont expect them to put them in. You know what you got when you moved there.
Tim January 10, 2013 at 12:33 AM
Yeah, these guys are awful. At one point we were looking at buying one of those "McMansions" and did a lot of research on various local companies.
Up and At Em January 10, 2013 at 01:04 AM
Wow, more houses with more kids. Good thing the schools in the area have plenty of room.
Al Carlson January 10, 2013 at 03:14 AM
For my edification, can someone define "McMansion" for me? Square footage? Cost? Site size? Amenities? Thanks.
Tim January 10, 2013 at 05:32 AM
It's more of a mass-produced, generally cheaply built luxury home connotation then anything else. A McMansion can be a large, new house in a sub-division of similarly large houses, which all seem mass produced and lacking distinguishing characteristics. They often are stuffed on tiny lots like the Ryan and Ryland Home lots around here. A McMansion is also classified as a large luxury home that doesn't fit in with the nearby neighborhood architecture. There's nothing wrong with owning one, nor anything derogatory in doing so. As I mentioned, we were pretty close to buying about a year ago but changed our minds.
David Marks January 10, 2013 at 12:38 PM
Tom, I've gotten another call about this and am looking into it. Please email me at dmarks@baltimorecountymd.gov so I can reach you. By the way, this development plan was approved more than four years before I was elected and would not have been as intense under the rezoning I did at the other end of Chapel Road.
Computer Techy January 10, 2013 at 12:54 PM
Before anyone buys one of these dumps from this builder, I hope we can stop this construction. Also, we don't have enough schools to support this continued building. Have you been inside of Perry Hall Middle or High School? Our children are crammed into classrooms and trailers. Can someone stop this insanity?
Tim January 10, 2013 at 02:12 PM
I brought up the school population issue back in October when this was first mentioned on Patch. Obviously, 4 years ago Patch wasn't around. Paul Amirault mentioned that Baltimore County's estimates on increases in students are generally pretty accurate (they estimated an additional 24 kids, K-12, added). I found this initially shocking, considering it's 39 homes - I still feel the estimate is off (just have nothing to back it, ha!). However, Paul is right about this - people buying these homes generally tend to have fewer kids and are also more likely to go the private school route then folks in lower 'value' homes.
Honeygo Hal January 10, 2013 at 02:44 PM
I generally support David Marks, and I have noted so in prior posts. However, I was shocked when he announced - within the last year - that widening of Chapel Rd. was reversed (or a similar action). That was prior to the announcement of its repaving. This development may have been approved 4 years ago, but it appears there was some desire to widen Chapel Rd., which I presume would have included sidewalks. I do not know what qualifies as "widening," but Chapel Rd. could be considered hazardous for vehicle traffic, and life-threatening for pedestrian traffic. No additional lanes should be added, but at least safely navigable for cars AND pedestrians. Closing Chapel Rd. to thru traffic between Joppa & Belair will force the existing traffic to go to either Honeygo Blvd or one of the other roads off of Joppa to get to Belair Rd., and I think the Fire Dept. might have something to say about that, since Fire Trucks and Ambulances use Chapel Rd. with great frequency. Add to that, the occupants of those 39 new homes will likely depend heavily on Cross Rd. to the northeast for their access. I understand the existing residents of Chapel Rd. will feel put upon, but frankly improving Chapel Rd. is the most feasible solution.
Paul Amirault January 10, 2013 at 03:34 PM
Tim has quoted me correctly, thanks. The other issue that always comes up is that the law is written so that if additional capacity is available in an adjacent school district, it is incumbent through redistricting for the Board of Education to move kids around every few years. However, that is a political football as the Board then hears "I moved to Perry Hall for the schools", etc. Catch-22. The Baltimore County Board is hesitant to redistrict unlike Harford County where redistricting is routine with the concept being why build new schools when we have below capacity schools already built? If you wish to look at the record plat for Camp Chapel, go here: http://www.msa.md.gov/megafile/msa/stagser/s1200/s1236/011900/011918/tif/ds11918-1.tif
Dan January 10, 2013 at 06:58 PM
Fifa, thanks for asking, fortunately, no.
Honeygo Hal January 10, 2013 at 07:11 PM
Okay I checked the Patch articles, and the "prior announcement" was a confirmation by the County that Chapel Rd. was not scheduled to be widened. That doesn't necessarily mean that it shouldn't have safe travel lanes and pedestrian accomodations...
Paul Amirault January 11, 2013 at 05:15 PM
Congratulations Mr. Anthony on your purchase. I believe you have accomplished an extremely rare event by finding an unimproved two acre lot in Perry Hall. Most lots of this size have an existing home on the property. This usually increases the price of acquisition to such an extent that after razing the house and building a new one it does not make economic sense to do it. Good luck with your construction.
Parkvillehoney January 12, 2013 at 06:03 AM
OMG, the reviews for D R Horton are horrible. I will make sure I direct my friends to this link. Very informative. Thanks !!
PerryHallParent January 14, 2013 at 10:55 AM
This is what we want to do and it does make a lot of sense. I would love to not be governed by the ridiculousness of an HOA and why anyone would want to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars to live all crammed together like sardines is beyond me. I'll take a two acre lot any day. Plus, builder to my specs is the best way to go, not the builder's idea of what a house should look like!
Perry March 31, 2013 at 08:45 PM
Dan- Are you a competitor of this firm? Another builder?

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