From Harford County government:
County Executive Craig follows through on commitment to Edgewood
(Edgewood, MD) – – Work has begun on the residential demolition of the Washington Court property on Cedar Drive in Edgewood. The 26 acre tract of land purchased by the U. S. Government in 1941, located in the heart of Edgewood, has sat abandoned and in deteriorating condition for more than 15 years.
Once used for military housing and residential purposes, Washington Court until now has resembled a modern-day ghost town – abandoned, boarded up, overgrown with weeds and covered with graffiti.
In 2006, Harford County Executive David R. Craig announced plans for the complete restoration of the site; since then, the Administration and the Department of Community Services has worked diligently to obtain funding for the project and, working with stakeholders from the community, to determine what would most benefit the Edgewood community.
Once the demolition of the 26-acre tract has been completed, a new $50 million redevelopment initiative, including new mixed housing will be constructed on the site. Plans include affordable senior housing as well as a variety of new homes, providing housing options for Harford County residents, while breathing new life into the greater Edgewood community.
Shelter Development was selected as the developer. The proposal from Shelter Development meets Harford County’s objective for the redevelopment of Washington Court to improve economic conditions, quality of life and long-term sustainability of the community.
The demolition and redevelopment are being funded in part by several sources received by the Harford County Department of Community Services, including a $3.5 million HUD Section 108 loan; just over $1 million in Neighborhood Conservation Initiative (NCI) funds through the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development; and $250,000 in Community Legacy funds also from DHCD.
The project is estimated to generate annual financial benefits of nearly $1 million to Harford County at full build out. Redevelopment of the site is anticipated to generate nearly $900,000 in one-time taxes related to recordation and transfer of the property.
“In 2006 I made a commitment to the people of Edgewood to remove the eyesore known as Washington Court and replace it with a project designed to improve quality of life and enrich Edgewood. We have kept our promise and with the demolition of this project is the beginning of a brighter future for the greater Edgewood community and Harford County,” County Executive Craig stated.