The project was postponed until the litigation was resolved.

Then there was the issue of extending the water and sewer lines beyond the development envelope in Fallston.

In June 2007, the Maryland Court of Special Appeals ruled that deals for sewer service Euler made with two former county executives were not valid. Because of this decision, public water and sewer service couldn't be extended to property on Harford Road that Euler owned and couldn't be developed as much as the developer hoped.

In April 2011, however, the Harford County Council voted to extend sanitary service to parts of the community's commercial district, which included the south end of the Aumar Village site.


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Green initiatives

"Our own rule is that we wanted to get a little more green," Euler said of the site plan that ultimately evolved for the project.

The developer said he intends go above and beyond as far as landscaping, and would add even more bushes, trees and shrubs if the community likes what it sees and asks for more green.

To water all of that landscaping, Euler said Aumar Village will use groundwater recharge to maintain the site, which is a system that catches rainwater similar to that of a rain barrel, but on a much larger scale and hidden from public view.

Euler said he also purposely preserved a maple tree and its surrounding area on the corner of Routes 1 and 152, as community organizations has requested.

Stormwater management on the site will also be hidden from view, condensed under a parking area to make better use of the land.

Even the parking lots will be filtered with trees, Euler continued.

"People don't want a sea of parking, a sea of blacktops," he said. "They're going to like what they see here,"

To blend in with the nearby brick buildings, CVS and the credit union will be brick, as well.

Taking a cue from community input, Euler said he also made the McDonald's with a brick front rather than the traditional stucco, then went one step further and faced the fast-food restaurant away from the houses on Route 152.

First for Harford

The recently announced Texas Roadhouse steakhouse, a first for Harford County, won't be brick, Euler said, but it will have an attractive wood and Wild West theme in its facade.

The restaurant, he added, will have a glass window near the entrance where patrons can pick out the exact steak they want to their meal and have it cooked to their specifications.

"It's going to be a fun one," he said of the restaurant.

While the shopping center is coming together, Euler is still hoping to snag a top-tier grocery store to fill a more than 61,000-square-foot space in the center of the site.

To appeal to grocery chains, the developer's company set up a camera to show traffic at the intersection of Routes 152 and 1 at 3:30 p.m. on a Tuesday in the past month. The video showed what, according to Euler, a grocery chain looks for when picking a locale — flowing traffic and lots of it.

Even though the grocery store space remains to be filled, Euler is hopeful that with time and effort, he'll be able to reel in the kind of business he feels will fit in perfectly with Aumar village.

"I think their [the community] fears are going to subside when they see this," he said of the completed Aumar Village.