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Steen reveals details of new OP development

(July 16, 2015) With the county planning office and commissioners before him and the technical review committee plus the Ocean Pines Association behind him, Marvin Steen is getting anxious to deliver his new 30-unit development in Ocean Pines.
“This is the first new project in years,” Steen said. “People are anxious to see something new.”
Costing about $350,000 each, the three-bedroom, three-bathroom 2,400-square-foot duplexes would be located between King Richard Drive and Gum Point Road.
“That’s something the technical review committee had some concerns about,” Steen said — King Richard Road. Of interest was construction vehicle traffic moving in and out near other Ocean Pines residences.
Steen said the traffic using the road, shown on his map of the proposed project as a cul-de-sac, will actually make use of a utility easement at the end of King Richard Road and secured by a gate Steen would install to move traffic directly onto Route 589.
The county’s technical review committee is a body that looks at issues like these, ingress and egress, before the heavy lifting of zoning, special exceptions or any of the other more time-consuming parts of the development process even begin. Steen appeared before the OPA board on July 8.
The floor plan of the proposed housing is different than ones in previous developments such as Wood Duck Isle I-IV, Salt Grass Cove and Harbor Village. Dubbed the “Triple Crown Twin Home,” the houses feature one-car garages and, like other custom homes, a number of features and add-ons to the basic floor plan.
“We’ve got to go with what the market can handle. This is for a downsizing person, or someone who has a summer home here but now wants to live here full time,” Steen said. “Young families too, but this is not 55 and over.”
Full build-out is not expected for three or four years, he said.
With these homes also come all the Ocean Pines amenities, and do without governmental hand-wringing over the size and costs of growth seen in neighboring communities.
“I had seven board members — unanimous approval. If the residents were not going to be members of Ocean Pines, I wouldn’t have had that. All of these people have to join the Ocean Pines Association, and have access to the amenities,” Steen said.