Springwell Senior Living to build second building

Springwell Senior Living in Mount Washington plans to build a second building exclusively for independent living, at an estimated cost of roughly $20 million, officials told the Baltimore City Urban Design and Architectural Review Panel on March 27.

The existing building at 2211 Rogers Ave., overlooking the old University of Baltimore soccer fields — now a Baltimore City park — features about 160 units for independent and assisted living, as well as for people with dementia and Alzheimer's Disease.

The new building would be on the other end of the 15-acre Springwell property, at Enslow Road, and would have about 102 units, plus a pool and a restaurant, officials said in an informal discussion with the UDARP panel Thursday.

John Chay, principal owner of Springwell, said afterward the new building would be 140,000 to 150,000 square feet and would be "100 percent" for independent living.

"It'll be in the range of $20 million," he said.

A feasibility study found that area residents want more independent living options, Springwell officials told the UDARP panel.

Springwell in 2007 acquired the senior living facility, then called The Wesley, with 253 residential units, but reconfigured the living spaces after some prospective residents said the units in the building were too small. In the process, Springwell lost a lot of units and now needs to grow, officials said.

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