Meade's Crossing opening Monday is first large development in years for Taneytown

Monday afternoon will bring something Taneytown hasn’t seen in more than a decade — the grand-opening of a large, new residential subdivision.

Homes in Meade’s Crossing have already started selling ahead of the 4 p.m. ribbon-cutting at the development at the intersection of Md. 194 and Meade’s Avenue.


“The last subdivision that came online was The Creekside and they had started work before the recession,” said acting Taneytown City Manager Jim Wieprecht. “That was only 64 homes. Meade’s Crossing is going to have roughly 350 homes when all is said and done.”

The development will also have a variety of different home types, something that has had Mayor Bradley Wantz excited since he first started following the project on the planning and zoning commission and city council.

“It mixes styles of homes, single family, deluxe single family and then some very attractive townhomes,” Wantz said. “Typically in this city when you mention townhomes people start to think of other developments that may not be as appealing now, but I think with these, including the one-car garage, the three-story dwelling, it’s exciting to see something more upscale coming to the city.”

The development was able achieve the greater density for townhomes by clustering homes closer together and maintaining more green space, according to Wieprecht.

“It’s supposed to have some walking trials and a community center in the next phase of the project,” he said.

And by growing the city, there is also an increase in the tax base and hopefully patrons for local businesses, according to Wantz, though he admits it will be a balancing act with an adjustment period.

“It’s really going to help build some of the economic development the city relies on,” he said. “At the same time we will see some growing pains in the first years. There will be some increase in traffic in situations like that.”

There will also be the push and pull of more people paying into the water and sewer fund, but also more maintenance needed for that and other infrastructure, according to Wieprecht, but the city does have the capacity, socially and physically.

“At this point, the schools that support Taneytown have seen declining enrollment in recent years,” he said. “They are all well within capacity.”

Not all 350 homes are being built out at once, Wantz said, giving the city the time to adjust to and assess impacts.

“As they begin to wrap up phase one, we will return and start negotiating the additional phases as they are ready to do them,” he said. “It’s up to us to be responsible enough to step back and say, let’s just hold off for a couple of months and see what impact we’re realizing here before continuing negotiating.”