CHESTER — After a number of delays and revisions to the master plan, K Hovnanian’s Four Seasons at Kent Island is proceeding with phase one of construction and the completion of the adjacent water tower.
The active living community for seniors will include 162 homes. That will include 56 condos and 106 single-family homes with five of the eight home styles available. Much of the first phase will be between Piney Creek and Castle Harbor Marina with walkways scheduled to Macum Creek for patrons to use as a launch area for canoeing and other light water recreation as the county allows.
“We want to be good neighbors, and we’re working hard to try and do that,” said Doug Shipe, community manager Four Seasons at Kent Island. “We received feedback that’s productive and positive. The water tower improves the system for the whole Island and creates capacity for emergency uses and peak times.”
The 130-foot tank, slated to be completed late summer this year, will hold an estimated 500,000 gallons, and feature the Four Seasons logo and an iconic crab reflective the local culture. Road construction is also underway with the roundabout at the entrance of the development set to expand.
Pricing will start at the low $400,000s for both condos and single-family homes. A 131-acre eco-park, largely comprising the former Tanner farm from portions already donated to Queen Anne’s County, will provide green space for residents.
The Four Seasons development also represents a potential economic boon with local businesses able to bid on contracts.
“We have been opening employment opportunities for local people, so Friday will be a chance for subcontractors or suppliers interested in participating and can come to our office and learn about [the development] and have contact with our purchasing department,” Shipe said.
Given its proximity to the coast line, Shipe was quick to say flooding is not an issue as the property will be elevated and include an irrigation system as an added measure.
Phase two of the project is as ambitious with plans for a 24,000-square-foot club house complete with an indoor and outdoor pool. Amenities will include an exercise room and indoor and outdoor yoga space, pickle ball courts, a putting green, bocce ball, fire pits, an infinity pool and a 450-foot community pier. Shipe also highlighted an activities director would be on staff to coordinate events for residents.
Even before a single structure is occupied, an estimated 200 people have requested to be included on the VIP list of future tenants of the planned community. With the rush of buyers in mind, Four Seasons is in the final stages of finalizing architecture of the full product line with Queen Anne’s County officials.
“We applied for the building permit for the entrance monument and our architectural plans for our model group have been submitted for review. The actual building permits haven’t been requested yet because we’re not yet at that point,” Shipe said.
The development has not been without controversy.
In February, the construction site was found to have dumped massive soil deposits in a nearby waterway prompting the Queen Anne’s County Conservation Association to file Public Information Act paperwork to determine the extent of the pollution, and construction was halted by Maryland Department of Environment and the Queen Anne’s County Soil Conservation District until storm water management at the site was improved.
Furthermore, a portion of the property on which the Four Seasons will stand houses a mausoleum and graveyard. The graveyard will be kept where it is. Shipe said Four Seasons at Kent Island has been in contact with the families, as well as a local funeral company, about the bodies in the mausoleum. If they can be relocated, they will; if not, the mausoleum will be downsized and kept.
Still, Shipe is confident continuing construction will only make more area residents appreciate the master plan and their community in the process.
“Kent Island such a unique location, and even if you’re not on the water, you’re surrounded with things that are about the water. When you look at the aerial view of (the island), you see how much is here aside from what they see from Route 50,” Shipe said.