Apartment Shoppers Expo to help those looking to move

Members of the rental housing industry in Baltimore are sponsoring the second annual Apartment Shoppers Expo at the Baltimore Convention Center April 11 and 12.

Representatives for more than 80 rental apartment communities are expected to show off their properties, products and services at this two-day event, which is free and open to the public. The expo will be held from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. April 11 and from noon to 8 p.m. on April 12.


"As businesses continue to move into this area and expand, metropolitan Baltimore has an ever growing location market," said Jan B. Weinberg, vice president for Signature Management and chairman of the Apartment Shoppers Expo. "This event is being held in April because it is targeted at relocating employees and executives, personnel directors and relocation specialists, as well as the general apartment-hunting public."

"Apartment-hunting is traditionally a time-consuming process, especially for people new to the area," said David Thomas, assistant vice president for Wallace H. Campbell Co. "This expo will allow apartment hunters to see most of the area's apartments, ranging in price, style and location, all at one time. They'll even be able to choose an apartment and apply for a lease that day."


The expo is co-sponsored by Apartment Services, the Apartment Shoppers Guide, Cort Furniture, Questar Properties, Shelter Can American, Signature Management, Trammell Crow Co., Wallace H. Campbell Co. and Web Service Co. More information is available from the organizers at 675-3451.

Trafalgar House Residential/Maryland has begun construction otwo luxury communities that will have detached homes priced at more than $200,000. The first is Montgomery Meadows, a 112-unit community of detached homes off Route 103 in Ellicott City. The second is Foxhall Farms, a 114-unit community off Rolling Road near Catonsville.

Homes in both communities will have three or four bedrooms and 2 1/2 bathrooms. Features include 9-foot ceilings, large eat-in kitchens and family rooms with fireplaces. A sales office at each development is open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.

Trafalgar House Residential/Maryland is a branch of Trafalgar House, a British company involved with commercial and residential development, construction and engineering, passenger shipping and hotels, and cargo shipping. Trafalgar is also known for its Cunard Leisure Division with its flagship, the Queen Elizabeth 2.

Around the region:

* The Baltimore County Landmarks Preservation Commission will hold its 5th annual Breakfast for Preservation April 5 starting at 7:30 a.m. at the Sheraton Conference Hotel in Towson. Admission is $11 per person and registration information is available from Ruth Mascari at 343-1495.

* Commercial Real Estate Women will have a wine and cheese reception for prospective members March 26 at 5:30 p.m. at the Marriott Inner Harbor Hotel. For reservations, call 962-2904.

* The Timber Ridge Apartments, a residential complex for the elderly and disabled in Westminster, is being rehabilitated with the help of a $630,000 loan from the state Department of Housing and Community Development. The money was awarded help pay for exterior improvements to roofs, porches and walkways and for interior painting and carpeting. Work will be complete next February.


* Belfast Valley Contractors recently purchased a 2,000-square-foot office building at 9719 Pulaski Highway in Baltimore County. Bob Moore of O'Conor, Piper & Flynn represented the buyer, and Daniel Hudak and Michael Goetz of Mid-Atlantic Properties Inc. represented the seller, Ethel Sperl.

* Columbia-Free State Health System, a health maintenance organization, recently held opening ceremonies for its Annapolis Regional Medical Center, a 66,000-square-foot facility at the West Woods complex in Annapolis. Columbia Design Collective was the tenant's architect, and Norwood Industrial Construction was the builder. F. Daniel Cathers was the architect for the 200,000-square-foot West Woods complex.