By JULIE E. GREENE
Construction is to begin this month on Hagerstown's first gated community, which is to be surrounded by a 6-foot-high wall, according to a local developer.
David Lyles and David Rider plan to build 178 one-story townhomes off Security Road. The development, Summerland Manor, will be surrounded by a 6-foot-high brick wall that will stretch 1.3 miles, Lyles said Monday.
A security guard will be positioned at the gate, he said.
"People want to be able to pick up and leave and not worry about their house," Lyles said.
Summerland Manor should be completed within eight to 10 years. Construction is expected to begin on May 15, with the first 32 town homes to be completed by January 1999, he said.