Residents living along the corridor of German Hill Road next to the Dundalk Florist are calling on other community groups to protest the building of 18 single-family dwellings in a development called Hillshire Overlook. The development is to be built by Frank Scarfield, whose past can be summed up in the below quote from the Washington Examiner:
Frank Scarfield catches a lot of breaks. For more than a decade, the man who owns several Baltimore City and County apartment buildings and the old Seagram?s distillery in Dundalk has avoided fines for operating an illegal junkyard, renting out unstable buildings and razing warehouses without demolition permits.
Mr. Scarfield also has former ties to Seagram’s property located off Sollers Point Road. Some of the issues pertaining to the Seagram’s property have yet to be resolved. Mr.Scarfield also built the Holabird East Apartments on Holabard Avenue, which have been a long source of contention among the surrounding communities.
The Hillshire Overlook property is zoned DR 5.5, which means the following:
Density Residential—permit low, medium and high density urban residential development. Numeral in each classification indicated maximum number of units per acre. No standard unit lot size is required except for small tracts.
Another term applied to this type of development is “Infill” development:
Infill development is the process of developing vacant or under-used parcels within existing urban areas that are already largely developed. Most communities have significant vacant land within city limits, which, for various reasons, has been passed over in the normal course of urbanization.
This type of development is precisely what the Dundalk residents are fighting against. Developers generally build anywhere there is a parcel of land, regardless of the size of said parcel. This issue is illustrated below in the photographs provided of the development, which consists of multiple townhomes where at least three different roads intersect.
The Baltimore Post will provide updates on this story as more information becomes available.