Sadly We Say Goodbye

Two weeks ago on May 3, 2016, Richard Awalt, the original owner of Awalt Builders and the Century Corporation and our boss, passed away at his home in Florida at the age of 88. Yesterday on May 17th, a beautiful memorial service was held at Loyola followed by a reception at Baltimore Country Club. Besides Mr. Awalt’s family and friends, almost every employee of Awalt Builders and the Century Corporation was in attendance. A majority of these employees have been with the company for over 10 years – and some for more than 30 years. Mr. Awalt changed the lives of so many people. This great man will surely be missed.

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Jacques Kelly of The Baltimore Sun writes,

“J. Richard “Dick” Awalt, a Howard Country home builder and real estate developer, died of complications from Parkinson’s disease May 3 at his Johns Island, Fla., home.

He was 88 and also resided in Bozman in Talbot County.

Born in Baltimore and raised in Hunting Ridge, he was the son of George S. Awalt, also a home builder, and E. Grace Freeland.

He attended St. William of York School and was a 1945 graduate of City College, where he played football and lacrosse. He served in the Army at the end of World War II and was assigned to the Philippines.

After his military service ended, Mr. Awalt earned a bachelor’s degree at what is now Loyola University Maryland and studied at the University of Maryland School of Law. The main playing field, where Loyola’s men’s and women’s lacrosse and soccer games are held at the Ridley Athletic Complex, is named Awalt Field in his honor.

He followed his father in the home construction business. After the death of his father, he joined his brother, Robert W. Awalt, and bought land and built homes in the West Baltimore suburbs of Ten Hills and Hunting Ridge.

Beginning in 1955, the Awalt firm developed parts of Dunloggin in Howard County. They also built homes in Howard County’s Glenmont and The Oaks in Ellicott City.

Mr. Awalt bought a tract of land owned by his mother off Frederick Road near the Rock Glen School in 1964. Family members said the property initially lacked water and sewage, but when the city constructed the school, it extended utility lines and roads to access the property. It was his first apartment venture.

Mr. Awalt established Awalt Builders with his brother, who died in 2014, and a partner, Richard E. Dietrich. He also co-owned the Century Corp., which managed and maintained his real estate holdings. His firm remains in business on Baltimore National Pike.

The Awalt brothers went on to construct other apartments: White Oaks on Leeds Avenue, Caton House and Old Orchard Apartments in Catonsville and Burnam Woods in White Marsh.

In Howard County, they developed the Chatham Garden Apartments and a residential community, also called Chatham, of nearly 150 homes. He also constructed an early Howard County office building at U.S. 40 and St. John’s Lane in 1964.

“Richard was very perceptive about the future of Howard County,” said Mr. Dietrich, who lives in Ellicott City. “People would say he was a tough businessman but was very fair. He was cautious but consistent in his decisions. His employees remained with him for years.”

Mr. Awalt also built the Village Green shopping center in the 9300 block of Baltimore National Pike, where he co-owned a business, Village Green Spirits Shop, with business partner Joseph Lucido.

“Richard said to me one day, ‘Pack a bag. We are going to Lexington, Ky., to buy horses,'” said Mr. Lucido, a lifelong friend.

“I also remember the day his [horse] You’re Smart ran. He told me to bet $20 across the board,” Mr. Lucido recalled. “I collected more than $700 for him that day. You’re Smart came on the outside — flying. He was a good turf horse.”

Mr. Awalt had been a board member of the old Baltimore Federal Savings and Loan Association.

“He brought his caring and playful spirit wherever he went,” said son-in-law Michael Molloy of Baltimore. “He was well liked and respected by his employees. He had a tremendous sense of humor and could laugh at himself or laugh at others.”

He was a member of the Baltimore Country Club and Johns Island Club. He lived for many years on Glen Allen Drive, and had also lived in Howard and Baltimore counties.

He enjoyed spending time near the water and in 1974 built a home on Harris Creek in the Bozman area. There he had a garden, sailed, hunted, fished and planted trees. He spent winters at Johns Island.

A memorial Mass will be held at noon Tuesday at the Loyola University Maryland Chapel, 4501 N. Charles St.

Survivors include his wife of 18 years, Patrice Awalt of Johns Island; a son, Paul Awalt of San Diego; three daughters, Dr. Kathleen Awalt of Baltimore, Elizabeth Awalt of Concord, Mass., and Sally McCoy of Howard County; and 11 grandchildren. His marriage to Hazel Clary Awalt ended in divorce.”

 jacques.kelly@baltsun.com  http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/obituaries/bs-md-ob-richard-awalt-20160513-story.html 

Resident Appreciation Carnivals at Century Corporation / Awalt Builders

This month has seen Resident Appreciation Carnivals at Century Corporation / Awalt Builders apartment communities of Burnam Woods in White Marsh, Old Orchard in Catonsville and Chatham Gardens in Ellicott City. A great time was had by all playing games, getting faces painted, winning prizes and eating lots of food such as cotton candy, popcorn, funnel cakes, hot dogs, french fries and pizza. We look forward to seeing you at our next Resident Event!

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Maintenance Appreciation Month

September is Maintenance Appreciation Month, so here at The Century Corporation / Awalt Builders we are making a special effort to show our sincere appreciation to our Maintenance Team. When you see one of our Maintenance Rock Stars, please make a special effort this month to let them how much you appreciation all their hard work. As a small token of our appreciation, we have given each member of our Maintenance Team a Candy Gram.

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Who at Burnam Woods, Old Orchard or Chatham Gardens Apartments would you like to nominate for Maintenance Rock Star?

Resident Events at Burnam Woods, Chatham Gardens and Old Orchard Apartments

 

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Over the past few weeks the residents of Burnam Woods, Chatham Gardens and Old Orchard Apartments have enjoyed our Annual Free Outdoor Movie Nights. Residents voted on which movie they wanted to see and we brought in a huge outdoor screen and supplied the popcorn, candy and drinks – all for FREE!

If you missed our Movie Night, don’t worry there are more Free Resident Events coming up this Fall and Winter. In September we will have Resident Appreciation Days at each of our communities featuring food, drinks, games, prizes and local vendors. Burnam Woods Apartments Resident Appreciation Day is Thursday September 10 from 5:00-7:00pm, Chatham Gardens Apartments Resident Appreciation Day is Wednesday September 23 from 5:00-7:00pm and Burnam Woods Apartments Resident Appreciation Day is Wednesday September 16 from 5:00-7:00pm. For the upcoming Holiday Season, we have planned a Food Drive in November and a Toy Drive and Pictures with Santa in December.

We hope to see you in the coming months!

Living Happy at Burnam Woods, Chatham Gardens, and Old Orchard Apartments

Century Corporation / Awalt Builders have three fantastic apartment communities in central Maryland. They are Burnam Woods Apartments in White Marsh, Chatham Gardens Apartments in Ellicott City, and Old Orchard Apartments in Catonsville. Our apartments come complete with everything you need to live happy including washers and dryers, controlled access buildings, and a patio or balcony.

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Burnam Woods Apartments offers the largest floor plans in White Marsh, with rents starting at $999. and square footages ranging from 830 to 1,236 square feet. This 180 garden-style apartment community is located in the Perry Hall High school district and minutes from The Avenue at White Marsh.

Burnam Woods Apartments

Chatham Gardens Apartments is located in the highly regarded Centennial High school district in Ellicott City. This 414 garden-style apartment community has beautiful pool where the residents can cool off during the hot Maryland summers. Rents start at $1,060. and square footages range from 830 to 1,236 square feet.

Chatham Gardens Apartments

Old Orchard Apartments is a community of 180 garden-style apartments located minutes from the Baltimore Beltway (695) in Catonsville. Rents start at $999. and square footages range from 760 to 1,100 square feet. Residents send their children to the highly regarded Westchester Elementary school in Catonsville High school district.

Old Orchard Apartments

In addition to fabulous accommodations, our apartment communities host great resident events throughout the year. On June 6th each  community had its Balcony and Patio contest with the winners receiving $50 Gift Cards. This coming Wednesday June 20th Burnam Woods Apartments is hosting a ‘Going Viral’ Party in its leasing office for its residents to talk about our new pages on Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare, LinkedIn, Google+ and Pinterest. Follow this blog to learn about upcoming events at our apartments and in our communities and discover why people are living happy at Burnam Woods, Chatham Gardens, and Old Orchard Apartments.

Welcome to Living Happy with CenturyCorpMD

We are Century Corporation / Awalt Builders, and we value what you value…Live Happy! We know what it takes to make a great home, and we have been doing it right for over 40 years. We own and manage the following apartment communities in central Maryland: Burnam Woods Apartments in White Marsh, Chatham Gardens Apartments in Ellicott City, and Old Orchard Apartments in Catonsville. In this blog, we will keep you up to date on our apartments, our events and what is going on in our communities. So, ‘Like’ us on Facebook, ‘Follow’ us on Twitter, ‘Check In’ with us on Foursquare, ‘Connect’ with us on LinkedIn, ‘Add us to your Circle’ on Google+, ‘Pin’ us on Pinterest, and stay connected to Century Corporation / Awalt Builders.  Staying connected will allow us to show you how we really do value what you value…. and why we want everyone to LIVE HAPPY at Burnam Woods, Chatham Gardens, and Old Orchard Apartments.