Blenheim Homes Breaks Ground on The Village of Bayberry

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Groundbreaking new community planned around “Smart Growth” is a reincarnation of the American small town.

Blenheim CEO Jay Sonecha and business-partner/wife Kashmira break ground at Bayberry.

Our dream for Bayberry was to create something special…a community that is a model for environmentally responsible growth and at the same time, a community that restores a sense of traditional lifestyle values…a place to grow up and to grow older happily.

Blenheim Homes’ Jay and Kashmira Sonecha plunged a gleaming shovel into the soft earth at Boyds Corner to officially break ground on what may be Delaware’s most ambitious community development — the Village of Bayberry. Surrounded by the entire Blenheim organization, the CEO and his business-partner/wife ushered in what they envision as a new phase in Delaware development: a self-sustaining community designed to reduce dependence on automobiles — where residents of all ages and income levels can walk along tree-lined boulevards to neighborhood schools and neighborhood shopping, a community with generous open spaces and recreational parks — with walking trails and man-made lakes, neighborhood greens and front porches.

Smart Growth

Inspired by a concept called Smart Growth, Bayberry is a reincarnation of the American small town (http://www.villageofbayberry.com). It is Livable Delaware, the reality — the result of a 10-year planning effort to develop the farmland of Boyds Corner in a fiscally, environmentally and socially responsible way. It is a plan designed to balance the demand for new housing in a county-designated growth zone with the concern that Delaware's open spaces are being lost to conventional development characterized by unplanned sprawl and disconnected clusters of vehicle-dependent subdivisions and strip malls.

That balance is evidenced in Bayberry’s comprehensive landscape planning designed to preserve hundreds of acres of open space. Blenheim expects to plant tens of thousands of trees and shrubs, create over 100 acres of reforested land and vast open spaces interlaced with miles of biking and hiking trails — and a 70-acre central park boasting two large man-made lakes.

Bayberry’s 10-year growth plan is still evolving. But the vision is clear: to create a multi-generational community that incorporates the ambiance and scale of a traditional American small town. The neighborhoods, one on each side of Boyds Corner Road, would accommodate a variety of lifestyles and life stages with products that range from town homes to 4,000-square-foot estate homes. Plans also include a senior community with assisted living and nursing care. Bayberry’s town center would provide a hub of vibrant retail businesses and offices, restaurants and gathering places that sustain the community.

Sonecha offers, “ Our dream for Bayberry was to create something special…a community that is a model for environmentally responsible growth and at the same time, a community that restores a sense of traditional lifestyle values…a place to grow up and to grow older happily.”

About Blenheim Homes:
Over the course of its 27-year history, Blenheim Homes (http://www.blenheimhomes.com) has received more than 30 awards as a home builder and has won the coveted “Community of the Year” award nine times. In addition to home building, the Blenheim organization has also completed a variety of projects that enrich their communities such as hotels, nursing homes, office buildings, restaurants and recreational facilities.

For additional information, please contact:
Village of Bayberry
302-376-7400

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