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If nothing stands in the way, Catonsville residents can expect to see construction of a new senior living facility and a community center expansion on South Rolling Road completed by spring 2015.

Despite some setbacks due to the snow last winter and heavy rains of spring, John Hoey, president and CEO of the Y of Central Maryland, said construction of the renovations to the Catonsville Family Center Y, a project that will cost approximately $8 million, should be complete in spring 2015.

"Our members are thrilled at our moving forward with the project," Hoey said. "We're pretty confident that once the project is done, the community will end up with a much better Y with a site that is dramatically improved."

Megan Peercy, 41, a resident of the nearby College Hills neighborhood, is one of those members.

"I think it's going to be great once the Y is renovated. It will definitely add to the community programs offered in Catonsville," Peercy said. "Right now, it's a pain while the parking lot is under construction. But once it's done it will be great."

Hoey said once the project is complete, traffic flow will be improved on South Rolling Road. Improvements on the busy street include: shifting the Y's entrance south on South Rolling Road, adding sight lines with dedicated left and right turn lanes and widening South Rolling Road, Hoey said.

The two-phase construction project will cost more than $8 million, Hoey said.

The first phase, completed in April 2012, included 4,300 square feet of new fitness floor space, renovated locker rooms, an upgraded pool, lobby and Stay & Play areas, according to a July 14 press release.

The second phase began July 7. It will add 9,500 square feet, expanding the facility to nearly 30,000 square feet. A Stay & Play area, additional community and wellness space, a climbing wall, a spin room, a multi-purpose space, a pool-viewing area, a family room, a smoothie bar, new mens' and women's' locker rooms as well as a new lobby area with a fireplace, will all be new features at the center.

The new space will allow for additional youth, family and senior programming.

The new Brightview Rolling Hills Senior Living Residence, an approximately $17.5 million project being built right next door, is scheduled for completion in late February or early March of 2015, said Dan Rexford, vice president of sales and marketing for the company.

"It could get pushed back — we do have another winter ahead of us," Rexford said.

Lauren Schutz, 37, a Catonsville resident who lives half a mile away, said although some are displeased about the new development, she is happy to see the Brightview facility in the area.

"In my opinion, there could have been a lot of other types of buildings there," Schutz said. "It could have been something that brings a lot of traffic onto South Rolling Road, but I don't see this doing that."

The senior residence consists of 150,000 square feet with 140 total units. Plans are for 80 apartments for independent living, 33 for assisted living and 27 for those with Alzheimer's disease.

The facility, located at 848 South Rolling Road, opened its welcome center on July 7, where information about the residence can be obtained.

They have received 301 inquiries and already have 17 people who have put down deposits on one of the units, Rexford said.

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