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Enterprise celebrates 'topping off' of 90-unit senior apartment complex

Enterprise Homes won't need a major sales effort to sell area seniors on its newest apartment complex, The Greens at English Consul on Oak Road in Baltimore Highlands.

"There's a waiting list of about 160 people right now," said Grayson, president and CEO of Enterprise. "By the time we start qualifying people, we could be up to 400 people."

Last week, Enterprise marked a milestone in the construction of the 90-apartment complex by welcoming more than over 150 residents, elected officials and company employees to a topping off ceremony that celebrates the placing of the highest beam in a new building or structure.

County Executive Kevin Kamenetz attended the ceremony and addressed the dozens of seniors in the crowd, stressing how important it is for seniors to be able, "to live close to their friends, and their families, throughout their retirement.

"You are the community that makes Baltimore County what it is today," Kamenetz said. "Each of you established the values that are central to our society and it's your knowledge and experience that the virtues of our past to the prosperity of our future."

Carol Welsh, a 70-year-old Baltimore Highlands resident, attended Wednesday's ceremony to get a good look at the new building.

She had seen The Greens at Hammonds Lane in Brooklyn Park in Anne Arundel County and decided she would like to live in a similar environment.

"I really like them," Welsh said of the Hammonds Lane apartments. "They're really nice."

Welsh is among those who have already applied for a spot in The Greens at English Consul, which located right across the street from her current apartment.

"That's the convenience of it all," she said. "I wanted to stay in Baltimore Highlands.

"I've just been in and out of here [Baltimore Highlands] since I was a teenager."

Gail Allen also attended the Wednesday ceremony and was asking around about how to apply for one of the new apartments after it was over.

She said she had been looking around at different apartment complexes with her friend, who accompanied her Wednesday.

"We've applied to several places," Allen said. "We just came out to see what it [the new building] was like."

The 73-year-old lives just across the border in Anne Arundel County and while she would like to stay in her current county, is ready to make the move to a smaller residence.

"I'm looking to downsize," she said. "This is convenient."

Construction on The Greens at English Consul began April 1, 2013 and is set for completion in early 2014.

The $14.6 million project is for senior citizens earning 60 percent of area median income and below, Grayson said at the ceremony.

The apartments, in addition to being affordable, will also meet the Enterprise Green Communities Criteria.

"It has been many years since the Baltimore Highlands community has really had a new development," Grayson said. "There's a great need for senior housing."


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