Developer Moves Ahead on Fairland Project

Artery/Ryland Fairland, developer of a proposed golf and residential project that straddles the line between Montgomery and Prince George’s counties, presented its plan to officials in mid-April 2001. The developer needs to have the 400-acre project sanctioned by both counties. Prince George’s County will have 120 housing lots as well as two of the championship course’s 18 holes. Montgomery will contain 396 residential lots and the remainder of the course.

Artery/Ryland Fairland will also build an elementary school in Montgomery County. Many officials have voiced support of the project. One of the primary reasons is that it will replace the aging Gunpowder Golf Course, which local agencies have sought to upgrade for several years. If the project comes to fruition, the developer will build the daily-fee golf course, donate it to local jurisdictions, which will then hire a private firm to operate it.

The president of Artery/Ryland Fairland, Alan Stackman, said the plan also includes a clubhouse with a swimming pool, a tennis facility for homeowners, and other amenities. Stuart Rochester, chairman of the Fairland Master Plan committee, told the Damascus Gazette that the golf course community would be a good addition to the area.