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The firm has closed on a 12.5-acre parcel near the intersectionof Routes 32 and 26 in Carroll County--a site that is next to a310,000-sf community shopping center also owned and managed byBlack Oak.

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A $20-million, 90,000-sf green lifestyle center will bedeveloped on its newly acquired land. The complex, Main StreetEldersburg, will front on Londontown Boulevard and consist of threeseparate buildings, with five pad sites on the parking lot, for atotal of five anchors.

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Groundbreaking is set for this summer now that the company hasreceived final approval from the Carroll County PlanningCommission. Delivery is expected by fall 2008.

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The project has received pre-construction Silver Core and ShellLEED certification from the United States Green Building Council.Features include a passive solar "daylighting" system; a highefficiency HVAC package that will contribute to an expected energysavings of 30% each year; a cistern water system that will help tosave an expected 30% of water use on an annual basis; the use ofwhite pavers to reflect light.

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R. Dixon Harvey, Jr., president of Black Oak, says the companyhopes to develop its future projects as LEED-certified as well."Our company's goal is to be among the first development groups inthe retail sector to demonstrate the importance of building green,"he says.

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KLNB Retail has been tapped to be leasing agent for Main StreetEldersburg. Right now it is marketing the project casual diningrestaurants, soft goods, men's and women's apparel stores and homefurnishings retailers.

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Bignell, Watkins and Hasser is the project's architect.Daft-McCune-Walker is the landscape architect.

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