Carrolltowne is a planned community of 259 homes in Eldersburg, Maryland. It is conveniently located behind Carrolltown Center, next to a branch of the Carroll County Library, and contains common areas for recreation. Carrolltowne Elementary School is within walking distance.
Home ownership in Carrolltowne automatically makes you a member of the Carrolltowne Association. This homeowners association is set up specifically to represent the collective interests of homeowners in the community. The priorities of the association include community improvement, social events and management of the common areas that help make Carrolltowne such an attractive place to live.
Carrolltowne has two tennis courts located on West Hemlock drive next to the library. Tennis court entry requires a 4 digit passcode which can be acquired through e-mail request.
The History of Carrolltowne
Before 1970 the 190 acres which is now known as Carrolltowne was part of the rural countryside in southern Carroll County. Almost the entire property was crop land, primarily cornfields, and had not been actively farmed for many years.
Dr. Philips, a prominent local dentist sold his land in the early 1970's to a joint venture consisting of Commercial Credit Development Corporation and a local shopping center developer. The purchase price was approximately $5,000.00 per acre. The joint venture successfully rezoned the property to a PUD (Planned Unit Development) based on the concept of a totally planned community with open space, retail, and various residential uses. The rezoning was not without opposition as the neighboring communities were suspicious about the type and quality of housing that Carrolltowne would bring.
A condition of the rezoning was the dedication of the 20 acre elementary school site and the reservation of the police and fire station site at the corner of West Hemlock and Liberty Road. Although there has been no fire station erected, the Carrolltowne Elementary School was opened in 1976 and a joint library branch and satellite county office building were built in 1984. The original joint venture split up shortly after the rezoning. In settlement, Commercial Credit took all the residential land in Carrolltowne, and its partner took the 33 acres of commercial land.
The first phase of the Carrolltowne Mall was begun shortly after the building of the school. The second phase, which included K-Mart opened just before Christmas, 1978.
The first residential activity in Carrolltowne was begun in August, 1977, in which 55 lots were recorded, developed and sold to Washington Homes. A second group of 58 lots were sold to the Ryland Group, Inc. The third section of homes was started in the spring of 1979. In 1980, as mortgage rates sky-rocketed and the housing market collapsed, Ryland and Washington homes declined to exercise their remaining options, and some of these options were picked up by local resident Wynn Stevens. Several lots were then developed by Stevens Homes, Perch Realty and Masonry Contractors, among others. The remaining Section II Parcel of 56 lots was developed by Security Development in 1988.
On the other side of Ridge Road the 45 acres of land that is now the townhouses and Carrolltowne II community was originally slated to be part of the Carrolltowne Association. As plans changed for that land, the Association relinquished any claims to annexation of those residences into Carrolltowne. The property was then designated for a higher density residential community. A 40-unit townhouse rental project was erected in 1986.
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