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Piney Orchard hits 500th house sale

Developers of the massive new Piney Orchard development in Odenton celebrated their 500th home sale yesterday and announced that they are close to several deals to bring new businesses to the 2,000-acre site.

Rand Griffin, president of Constellation Real Estate Group, the development arm of Baltimore Gas and Electric Co., would not say what businesses may come, citing on-going negotiations.

But he said company officials would like to see a Giant Food store in the development, which opened two years ago and eventually will have 4,500 homes.

In his speech to Odenton community leaders and builders, Mr. Griffin said company officials were initially nervous about starting a development at the onset of the nation's economic troubles.

"Twenty-six months and one housing recession later, the fear of the unknown has passed us by," Mr. Griffin said. "Consumers have really propelled Piney Orchard into the most popular community in the state."

He didn't get any argument from County Executive Robert R. Neall, who called the development "a signature community" for the county.

"They have been faithful with their plans and have fulfilled their promises," Mr. Neall said. "To sell 500 homes in the economy we find ourselves in is quite an accomplishment."

* Crofton: Vandals slashed the tires on 11 cars in the Crofton Square area between 9 p.m. Tuesday and 6 a.m. Wednesday. The cars were all parked in front of homes in the neighborhood. Police said they have no suspects.

* Hanover: A videocassette recorder and microwave were stolen from the Open Door Church in the 7300 block of Ridge Road between 9 p.m. Monday and 6:15 a.m. Tuesday. The property was valued at $325.

* Severn: A television and stereo equipment were stolen from a home in the 1800 block of Eagle Court between 12:20 p.m. Monday and 12:45 a.m. Tuesday. The property was valued at $1,075.

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