Housing development still faces many hurdles

Source: Frederick News Post
Author: Pamela Rigaux
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Date Published: 05/26/2007

For years, farmers in Green Valley, Monrovia and Urbana have been planning to scale back on crops and livestock to make room for
houses. Now, for another two to five years, the reverse is true — some are gearing up to plant crops on land that had been planned for homes. A number of factors account for the switch. Homes aren’t selling as fast and at least one big residential developer, Toll Brothers, is withdrawing from contracts involving several Urbana farmers. Some farmers are trying to make ends meet until they can realize profits from future developments. Dairy farmer Mike Wilcom, for example, said Thursday his 168-acre Green Valley farm will be part of the Monocacy Town Center development, which includes shops and 1,600 homes for people 55 and older. Md. 80 will be widened at the intersection of Md. 75 and drivers will be able to access the shops from Md. 80. The land has been surveyed, but Wilcom won’t be paid until the houses are built, and that won’t happen for three to five years, he said. The project is waiting on public water and sewer.