Senior housing project in Baltimore Highlands gets county tax break

Plans for a residential unit for area seniors in Baltimore Highlands near Annapolis Road are a step closer this week.

The progress came after the Baltimore County Council approved a resolution on Dec. 17 that authorizes the county to enter into an agreement with the owners of the property on Oak Road behind Baltimore Highlands Elementary School for payments in lieu of taxes.

Under the agreement, Enterprise Homes, which owns the property, will pay $200 per unit per year to the county in lieu of taxes beginning Jan. 1 after the date of completion.

That payment is expected to be $18,000 once the facility is built on the 4.5 acre property. Under the 40-year agreement, payments will increase 2 percent each year as long as the property is used for low-income housing.

Construction on the project is expected to begin in the spring and last for a year.

The Greens at English Consul will consist of 90 one- and two-bedroom apartments reserved for ages 62 and older whose incomes do not exceed 60 percent of the median income for the area. That income limit would be $36,000 for an individual and $41,100 for a couple.

The area median income is based on the Baltimore metropolitan area, including Baltimore City as well as the surrounding counties, said Chickie Grayson, president and CEO of Enterprise Homes.

"This is one of the most significant investments we've seen in Baltimore Highlands in decades," said 1st District Councilman Tom Quirk. "It fits in well with the community and its demographics."

Quirk praised the willingness of Enterprise to work with the community and noted that community was in favor of the development.

The four-story project is expected to cost $14.6 million and will resemble a complex Enterprise opened in Brooklyn Park.

"That is an unbelievably attractive building," said Quirk, who has visited the site in Anne Arundel County.

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