Columbia builder wins award for plantings in Woodlands


Chateau Builders of Columbia has received an award for its sensitivity to the environment in developing The Woodlands, a townhouse and condominium community in Ellicott City.

The company received a statewide Project of the Year Award in the large town house development category. The Land Development Council of the Home Builders Association of Maryland issued the award, one of nine given by the council under its Award of Excellence Program.

The council announced the winners Monday at Turf Valley Country Club in Ellicott City.

Chateau Builders, whose principals include Richard Azrael and Neil Glasser, was honored because of extensive tree and foliage plantings at The Woodlands, off Route 108 east and Old Stockbridge Drive, the council said.

The 27-year-old company says it planted $1 million worth of trees in the development, which includes new homes priced between $137,990 and $158,990.

The development consists of Woodland Park, a section of 170 townhouses completed in 1986, and Woodland Village, a section of 324 townhouses and 308 condominiums. The builder has started construction on the last phase of Woodland Village and expects those 100 homes to be completed by the end of the year.

Planners for the 120-acre development chose trees that would add seasonal color to the community, the builder said.

Species planted include red maple and white ash, which were used near a wetland. Pin oak and London plane were planted along community streets and evergreen shrubs and white pine throughout the community to provide shade and color in winter.

Chateau Builders said it planted flowers and flowering shrubs for color in spring and fall. Those plantings included azaleas, rhododendrons, viburnums and yellow day lilies.

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