The Somerset Construction Company has started construction on The Arbors at Baltimore Crossroads, a 365-unit luxury market-rate rental apartment home community, located in the 1,000-acre Baltimore Crossroads @95 mixed-use development near the White Marsh section of Baltimore County, MD.
Featuring Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) elements, the initial phase of the complex featuring 100 units is expected to be delivered this October, with completion of all 365 units in April 2012.
The Arbors at Baltimore Crossroads will be managed by Bozzuto Management.
The Arbors at Baltimore Crossroads is designed in a "Texas Doughnut" configuration, meaning apartment homes will be built around a six-story parking garage, which allows residents to park and live on the same level of the building. In an effort to encourage the use of the electric-powered vehicles set to be mass-marketed in the United States this fall, the parking deck will be equipped with electric car-charging stations. The expected cost for an overnight charge per vehicle is $1.50.
Approximately 23 different apartment designs will be available in single, two-, and three-bedroom formats at varying price points, including homes with dens, lofts, and balconies. The approximate mix of configurations is 212 one-bedroom units, ranging from 510 to 920 square feet of space; 131 two-bedroom models, with sizes ranging from 1,080 to 1,277 square feet of space; and 22 three-bedroom apartments that measure 1,565 square feet. Monthly rental fees will range from approximately $1,100 to $2,000.
Positioned off the new MD Route 43 extension that connects Eastern Boulevard with Interstate 95, Baltimore Crossroads@95 has the capacity to support more than five million square feet of commercial office space at final build out, as well as 120,000 square feet of retail space and several full-service hotels. More than 10,000 employees are expected to work in the project upon final completion.
With the Arbors, more than 1.6 million square feet of buildings has been built at Baltimore Crossroads @95, with more than 1,400 people working in those buildings, plus more than 400 construction jobs.
The Arbors at Baltimore Crossroads is being constructed to achieve LEED Silver certification. LEED elements integrated into the project include energy-efficient heating, ventilating, and air-conditioning (HVAC) and hot water systems, combined with low-flow plumbing fixtures and Energy Star appliances designed to reduce monthly water, gas, and electric bills. In addition, air filtration systems and the use of low volatile organic compounds (VOC) paints and carpeting will create healthier indoor environments.
Community amenities are being built in concert with the construction of the first apartment homes, with completion timed with the Phase I delivery. The amenity package includes a 1900 square foot, two-story community room with a fitness center and locker rooms; multi-media center with 110" viewing screen; an adjacent kitchen and bar; billiards room; business center with conference area; fireplace; library; multiple child play areas; and a pet spa with pet washroom and dog run. Connected to this center is a resort-style, multi-tiered swimming pool with sunning decks, outdoor living areas, and multiple grills. Additional components include an outdoor Zen garden, tot lot, and car wash area.
Standard design features incorporated into all 365 units include an open-design kitchen area with breakfast bars, tear drop-shaped peninsulas, or kidney-shaped islands; granite counter tops, solid wood maple cabinets, upgraded stainless steel appliance, and fixture package with washers and dryers; designer lighting; nine-foot ceiling heights; 36" tubs, 6' tall windows, and 7' tall doors; ceiling fans with lights, plus wall-to-wall carpeting throughout the plan, except for hardwood flooring in the kitchen and foyer areas and porcelain tile in the bathrooms. Other features include adjustable closet organizers, three trash chutes, two loading docks, and three high-speed elevators.
"Our research shows pent-up demand for quality residential opportunities emanating from employees working within Baltimore Crossroads @95, the frenzy of new office buildings that have been completed near Aberdeen Proving Ground in support of BRAC, and overall growth in the White Marsh area of Baltimore County," explained Neil Greenberg, Chief Operating Officer of Somerset Construction Company in a statement.
"We believe this community will be immediately embraced for these ideas and further hope it propel other developers to match these sustainable concepts in their future development," added Kathleen Bryne, Executive Director of the Maryland Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council.
"Somerset Construction and Bozzuto Management are showing great confidence about the positive direction of the residential real estate market, and this development will be a real boost in the continued recovery of the local real estate sector," stated Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz.