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Erickson Living, a Baltimore-based retirement community developer and manager, is opening a new facility in Fairfax County.

Erickson has entered into an agreement to purchase the 78-acre Northern Virginia Training Center sites in Fairfax from Virginia to convert into an age-restricted continuing care retirement community.

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The community, near George Mason University, will be Erickson's second in Fairfax County.

"More high quality senior housing is needed in Fairfax," said Scott Sawicki, Erickson's senior director of corporate affairs, in a statement. "We are aiming to satisfy growing demand while helping to keep families together in Fairfax County."

Erickson plans to meet with community members during the planning process to a design a facility that meets residents' needs.

Erickson Living has 18 continuing care retirement communities in 11 states, and plans to open another in North Carolina in spring 2018, according to the company's website. In Maryland, Erickson manages Oak Crest in Parkville, Charlestown in Catonsville, and Riderwood in Silver Spring.

John Swope, resident of the Oak Crest retirement community and a talented woodworker, has built an n-scale model of Baltimore's Memorial Stadium where the Orioles and the Ravens once played. The scale is a half-inch for every 10 feet. Swope and helper Claire Romano, spent about 10 months designing, building and painting a detailed model of the stadium, which no longer exists. (Kenneth K. Lam, Baltimore Sun video)
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