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The 138 acres between Long Drive and Aldino-Stepney Road in Aberdeen that had been designated for The Village at Carsins Run retirement community could instead become houses, office or retail space, MacKenzie Real Estate's Thomas Fidler Jr., said last week.

Presbyterian Home of Maryland, which scrapped its plans to build the retirement community at that site in March, partnered with MacKenzie last month to dispose of the property.

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Fidler, the company's senior vice president and principal, said last Wednesday that MacKenzie has been meeting with a variety of potential buyers, including more than a dozen regional or national retail owners.

He said the company is going after general commercial, residential and retail owners.

"We are just getting started," he said. "We have had plenty of interest in residential, everything from townhomes to condominiums to apartments."

Fidler said MacKenzie has not looked into a new site for The Village at Carsins Run yet because of the focus on selling the existing site.

"That's where our focus is now, putting that on the market," he said.

Presbyterian Home expects to announce a new site for what would be Harford County's continuing-care retirement community by Jan. 1, senior retirement counselor Heather Lamont said Monday.

"We will be continuing in Harford County," Lamont said, adding the site will definitely not be in Aberdeen.

The non-profit assisted living company changed its mind about building in Aberdeen after it lost a bid to get city property taxes waived for the development.

The Maryland General Assembly failed to pass legislation that would have required Aberdeen to waive taxes on The Village at Carsins Run.

In a press release last month, Presbyterian Home President Sue Shea wrote: "Our first commitment has always been to the community and to our clients. The sale of this property, and the subsequent finding of another within [the] area, will continue to honor that mission."

Fidler said in that press release the Aberdeen area is highly desirable for different types of development.

"As a Harford County resident, I think this could be a tremendous opportunity to enhance our community. The right mix of housing and retail could bring a much needed economic boost to our County in the form of jobs, services and tax revenue," he wrote.

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