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Expansion of Fallston neighborhood contingent on capacity of sanitary sewer subdistrict

The developer of the Hamilton Reserve communities on between Harford Road and Belair Road in Fallston wants to add nine lots to the second phase of the development, but it's contingent on the capacity of the Fallston Sanitary Sewer Subdistrict.
The developer of the Hamilton Reserve communities on between Harford Road and Belair Road in Fallston wants to add nine lots to the second phase of the development, but it's contingent on the capacity of the Fallston Sanitary Sewer Subdistrict. (David Anderson/Aegis staff)

A developer’s plan to add nine more homes to his Fallston community is contingent on the results of a study of the capacity of the Fallston Sanitary Subdistrict.

Mike Euler Sr., of Fallston, developer of Hamilton Reserve I and II, between Harford and Belair roads in Fallston, wants to add nine houses to the second phase of the community, according to Amy DiPietro, of Morris and Ritchie Associates, the project’s engineer.

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Hamilton Reserve II was already has been approved for 16 lots, she said.

The development would need to take in a small parcel that is outside the sanitary subdistrict, which was created years ago to provide public water and sewer service to commercial properties along the Route 1 corridor from Bel Air to Fallston, said Darryl Ivins, an engineer with the Division of Water and Sewer under the county’s Department of Public Works.

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The revised site plan with the additional lots was presented to the Harford County Development Advisory Committee meeting in Bel Air Wednesday morning.

The first phase of the community — Hamilton Reserve I — has been more successful than Euler expected, he said after the meeting. He attributes that to more things for families to do in that area than there used to be, including a movie theater in the nearby Fallston Village Center, which Euler also is involved in redeveloping.

It has been so popular, he said of the theater, “Hollywood is calling several times a week asking the operator to add screens.”

While building may be picking up in that part of Harford County, it’s remained relatively stable elsewhere, according to figures provided by local officials.

“We’re looking at how to do that,” Euler said.

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He said he hopes to break ground on Hamilton Reserve II in 2018.

Ivins said it won’t be until at least late next spring, because the revised plans for the site have to be included in the Harford County Master Water and Sewer Plan Update, which is done in April.

Initially conceived to accommodate commercial development in the area, which was not served by public water and sewer but rather by well and septic systems, the subdistrict’s boundaries have been expanded several times to add both residential and commercial properties, Ivins said.

After some properties identified to be part of the subdistrict were added, and more requests were forthcoming, the county undertook an internal study to determine if it had enough capacity to add properties, he said. Many of the properties coming in have been owned by Euler.

“The system was not designed for the extra growth, but as a result after the connections, there was capacity left,” Ivins said after the meeting. “We continued to get requests from developers, like Hamilton Reserve, to be added.”

Having added several properties over the years, the county determined it was time to re-evaluate the capacity of the subdistrict, and hired the engineering consulting firm Whitman, Requardt & Associates to do a comprehensive study of the capacity, Ivins said.

A draft of the study has been prepared and is being evaluated by the division of water and sewer, Ivins said, and his office will formulate a plan for how to proceed with the development.

If approved, the nine new lots will bring the total for Hamilton Reserve II to 25 and the total of the two communities to 86 single family lots, DiPietro said.

That the neighborhood is connected to public water and sewer is one of the attractions of the Hamilton Reserve I neighborhood, where houses are under construction by Lennar Homes, the developer said.

“They have great schools and there is new entertainment and shopping initiatives at Route 1 and 152 being noticed,” Euler said.

The movie theater has done especially well, he said, using the new Star Wars movie coming out in December as an example.

“The sold 5,000 tickets online in 45 minutes,” Euler said. “We knew it would be a good thing, but we never expected the support from the community it is getting.”

He also said a new miniature golf venue is being added in the Aumar Village Shopping Center, on the opposite corner of Fallston Village Center. Aumar Village also is being developed by Euler.

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