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Food service tenant to use landmark stone house

October 12, 2006|by JENNIFER FITCH

The Stone House Square shopping center - anchored by a 68,203-square-foot grocery store and 171,069-square-foot Lowe's - takes its name from an early 1800s landmark house on the east side of Md. 60 across from Long Meadow Shopping Center.

That two-story house will be opened and used for a well-known food service tenant, said Howard Biel, who is a senior managing director with developer Faison & Associates Inc. The tenant will use mezzanine seating, he said.

Biel said he won't identify the occupant until the deal is finalized.

"We have a great tenant going into that building," Biel said, noting the fieldstone house will require extensive structural work.

Referred to as the Dorsey-Palmer House in a Maryland Historical Trust site survey, the house retains much of its original woodwork and has what the survey refers to as an "unusual" transom with several panes. The east bay, which has a separate entrance, is believed to have been an office at one time.

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"This house is primarily significant for its architecture," the survey said. "It derives secondary importance from its use, according to tradition, as the residence and office of an early Washington County doctor."

"We actually renamed the entire project," Biel said. "We originally were calling it Northeast Plaza."

In addition to the unnamed grocery store, Lowe's and stone house, plans for the shopping center show a bank and four other outparcels.

"Typically, everything will be open by the holiday season of 2007," Biel said.

The businesses would be surrounded by 1,256 parking spaces. The Lowe's will employ 150 people and be visited by 5,125 vehicles a day, according to a note on the plans submitted by Faison & Associates.

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