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Apartment, townhouse complex coming this summer to Abingdon's Boulevard at Box Hill

The first units at the Enclave at Box Hill, a rental apartment and townhouse project in Abingdon are expected to be avilable this summer.
The first units at the Enclave at Box Hill, a rental apartment and townhouse project in Abingdon are expected to be avilable this summer. (BRYNA ZUMER | AEGIS STAFF, Baltimore Sun Media Group)

The bustling retail corner of Abingdon's Boulevard at Box Hill will soon be joined by the Enclave at Box Hill a rental apartment and townhouse complex, whose first units are under construction.

As part of the project, the developer will be required to build a roundabout for the busy intersection of Woodsdale Road and Box Hill Corporate Center Drive, just off Route 924.

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The roundabout, part of off-site improvements being required by the county, is scheduled to be built in time for the completion of the project's first phase in the first quarter of 2016, Chris Murn, of Bavar Properties Group/Murn Development, said Tuesday.

The 389-unit Enclave, set for 38.9 acres off of Walter Ward Boulevard, next to the Walter & Betty Ward Family Center Y, is part of a mixed-use development together with Boulevard at Box Hill.

The first Enclave units should be made available this summer, Murn said, with the complete the first phase, containing 240 units, being completed in 2016.

Rents for the complex are projected to range from about $1,350 for a one-bedroom apartment to $2,000 for a three-bedroom townhouse, Murn said.

The roundabout would be completely paid for by the developer, county government spokesperson Cindy Mumby said.

Sidewalks will also be added to the businesses on the south side of Woodsdale Road, she said.

The only other off-site improvement required as part of the project is re-striping along Route 924, which was already completed, she added.

State Highway Administration also required the developer to extend left-turn lanes for both northbound and southbound traffic at Route 24 and Singer Road, spokesperson David Buck said.

"There has already been significant development along this section of MD 924 [in Box Hill] and traffic increased specifically as a result of the Exclave at Box Hill did not require additional improvements to MD 924," Buck said about the results of the traffic impact study for Enclave.

Diana Copenhaver, who has previously led the Abingdon Community Council, said the roundabout at Woodsdale makes sense.

"That's a bad corner even without other things going on, and there needs to be something there," she said.

She added that she and her husband had also suggested a bus shelter for users of the Harford Transit buses that run down Woodsdale Road and Box Hill Corporate Center Drive.

Copenhaver she is glad the complex will have market-based rents.

"We definitely wanted to make sure that apartments were of quality so it would not lead to subsidized housing," she said.

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The project is being financed with a loan insured by the Federal Housing Administration, Niki Edwards, regional public affairs officer for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, said.

HUD's involvement is limited to the 240-unit first phase, she said.

The complex had an original mortgage of roughly $40 million, according to HUD's online records.

New pizza restaurant

Boulevard at Box Hill is also set to get a new pizza restaurant this summer, Lynda Waibel, of Ward Properties, the master developer of Box Hill, said Tuesday.

Boston's The Gourmet Pizza, a Canadian-based restaurant and sports bar chain, will be in a free standing building across from Spa on the Boulevard and Wegmans, Waibel said.

Boston's has 350 locations in Canada and more than 40 in the U.S. and Mexico, according to its website.

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