A plan for six condominiums that will wrap up the Hope VI project in downtown Frederick is ready for execution after approval this week from the city’s Planning Commission.
The original site plan, approved in May 2008, included plans for 32 multi-family units and four duplexes at South Carroll and East South streets. The Housing Authority of the City of Frederick owns the property.
Today, the 32 multi-family units have been constructed, and plans for the four duplexes have evolved into a plan for another building set to contain six for-sale luxury condos on the last empty lot. On Monday, planning commissioners issued final site plan approval for the project, which gives developer Lancaster Craftsmen Builders the green light to begin applying for permits.
Chris Smariga, a principal of Harris Smariga & Associates, which is working with Lancaster to bring the project to fruition, said on Monday that the project is part of the Hope VI project. Hope VI is a federal program that replaces and decentralizes low-income housing projects with home and apartment sites throughout a city. The North Pointe development, a collection of energy-efficient homes along Bentz and Sixth streets, is also part of the project.
“At the workshop, we talked a little bit about the project, being that this was one of the original parcels for the Hope VI project, which involved a combination of homeownership units and rental units in the same development program,” Smariga said of the project at Carroll and South streets. “So the hole in the doughnut here is the homeownership part that’s never been built.”
The for-sale portion of the project was initially floated as duplexes and later changed to town houses before developers settled on the condos. Smariga said the footprint has always remained the same, though.
“They’re fitting in the same spot on the site,” he said. “It’s just the type of ownership will be a little bit different.”
Developers said in September that the new building will include six condominiums and an open, three-story lobby with elevator access. The units will have three bedrooms, and each one will have a separate, large single-vehicle garage with extra storage space. The exterior will have a brick facade and other elements in keeping with the surrounding historic neighborhood. Developers said construction should take 10 to 12 months to complete and prices will likely range between $400,000 and $500,000.
The planning commissioners approved the plans on Monday with little discussion and few questions.
Commissioner Matt Jones commended Smariga and members of the development team for the plans.
“It’s nice to see some dense redevelopment in that part of town,” he said.