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A & R Development set to build city apartments


The Schmoke administration has selected A & R Development Corp. over three other developers to build a $2.4 million apartment complex on a city-owned tract at 4021-4041 Frederick Ave. in Irvington, said Robert Hearn, the Baltimore housing commissioner.

A & R's plan calls for 41 apartments for low-and moderate-income elderly residents. Construction will begin in mid-1993 and end in early 1994. The three-story building will contain six efficiencies and 35 one-bedroom apartments, with rents ranging from $258 to $290.

The apartments will replace three vacant commercial structures and a parking lot. "It's a big boost for Irvington," said Brenda Ready, director of the Neighborhood Housing Services of Irvington. "Those buildings were in very poor condition."

When complete, the building will be turned over by A & R to the Housing Authority of Baltimore City, which will operate it or contract with a private management firm to do so.

Lawrence Menefee & Associates is the architect, and Harkins Builders Inc. is the builder. Glenn McCain of A & R is overseeing the project.

Franklin Square

Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke and Mr. Hearn, the housing commissioner, participated in opening ceremonies last week for the West Lexington Street Apartments, a $2.8 million, 44-unit development in the 1600 and 1700 blocks of West Lexington Street in Franklin Square.

Funds for the project came from Maryland's Partnership Rental Housing Program, which has invested $6.3 million to build 101 residences in Baltimore since 1990. All of the units are owned by the city housing authority.

Other Partnership Rental Housing developments in Baltimore include the Indecco apartments at 924 S. Lakewood Ave. in Canton and the Norman L. Lohn House at 1529 Gorsuch Ave., near Clifton Park.

In addition, Betty Jean Murphy's Savannah Development Corp. has begun converting the old School No. 34 at 1300 Washington Blvd. to 32 apartments for low- and moderate-income residents, using money from the same program. Cho, Wilks & Benn is the architect.

Top brokers

Four of the 10 largest real estate brokers in the United States operate in Maryland, according to Real Trends, a newsletter that covers the industry.

According to Real Trends' June 1 issue, the Maryland-related brokers are:

Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage of Mission Viejo Calif.; ranked first; Long & Foster Real Estate Inc. of Fairfax, Va., third; The Prudential Preferred Properties of Bethesda, seventh; O'Conor, Piper and Flynn Realtors of Timonium; 14th, and Shannon & Luchs Co. of Washington, 15th.

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