Construction begins on Gaithersburg project


Bozzuto & Associates and Copley Real Estate Advisors have begun construction of Beacon Place, a $17.8 million, 240-unit luxury rental project in the Kentlands development in Gaithersburg.

Bozzuto is the sixth builder to become active in Kentlands, a "neo - traditional community" developed by Joseph Aflandre and Co. Venture equity funding was arranged by Paine-Webber Mortgage Finance, Inc. and provided by Chevy Chase F. S. B. of Bethesda.

Niles, Bolton Associates of Atlanta was the architect, site planner and landscape designer. Bozzuto Construction Co. is the builder.

Around the region:

Partners for Vital Communities, a non-profit group formed to promote "sustainable living places," is sponsoring a panel discussion on "design innovation -- restoring a sense of belonging." It will be held Feb. 13 from 7:30 to 10 p.m. in the lower lobby of the Lee Building, 8601 Georgia Ave, in Silver Spring.

Panel members will include architects Travis Price III and Marlo Schack: developer Robert C. Bartolo: Phyllis Minn, senior legislative aide to Sen. Daniel Inouhe (D-Hawaii): Andrew Euston, senior urban design and energy program officer for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development: and Dwight Flowers, a representative of the Anne Arundel Co. Department of Planning and Zoning. More information is available from organizer Charles Brenton at 760-1217.

Winchester Homes Inc. together with Lerner Enterprises Limited Partnership, has proposed a plan to reforest 18 acres of a 328-acre site on Brink Road in Montgomery County to assist the National Capitol Park and Planning Commission in creating a designated "greenbelt" around the Germantown Master Plan perimeter.

Known as Seneca Crossing the site ts made up of four parcels along Maryland Routes 355 and 27 and Brink Road. In addition to 864 planned single family homes the property contains a site for a proposed elementary school. The reforestation plan was prepared Robert Campbell, a forestry research specialist with the Weyerhaeuser co. in New Bern., N.C.

A mixed-use waterfront project that RTKL Associates designed for a developer in San Juan, Puerto Rico has been selected to receive one of five 1991 Citations for Excellence in Urban Design from the American Institute of Architects.

AIA national president C. James Lawler was scheduled to present the citation today to RTKL principal in charge Gary Bowden, project architect Peter Fillat and other members of the design team during a ceremony at St. Paul's Church.

The event coincides with a celebration of the 120th anniversary of the Baltimore chapter of the AIA.

The Orlando Drum Co. purchased a 583-square-foot office condominium in the Fairmount Greem complex at 600 Fairmount Ave. in Towson. William E. Lippincott of Latshaw Commercial Properties represented the seller, and Walter McGuire of O'Conor, Piper & Flynn Realtors represented the buyer.

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