Groundbreaking held for senior housing development in Park Heights

Construction began Tuesday on a housing development in the Greenspring neighborhood of northwest Baltimore for limited-income seniors.

Renaissance Gardens will be a 60-unit independent living complex in the 4300 block of Pimlico Road. The complex will be four stories and all units will have one bedroom.

There will be several common areas, including a multipurpose dining room, a living room, a computer room and an activities room. Some on-site health and social services will be offered for residents.

The development is being built by Park Heights Renaissance Inc. and Comprehensive Housing Assistance Inc., first time development partners.

The Park Heights Renaissance group’s goal is to realize the Park Heights’ re-development master plan, which was drafted when Gov. Martin O’Malley was mayor. Comprehensive Housing Assistance is a division of The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore.

“With a shared desire to shape a better, more stable future for Park Heights, both PHR and CHAI are committed to providing affordable housing to the elderly as part of the revitalization of the area,” said Shelley Weinreb, Comprehensive Housing Assistance’s marketing coordinator, in a statement. “This project will put back into productive use a vacant city-owned lot to stimulate further development and reinvestment in the southern Park Heights community.”

“As the anchor and engine of the area’s rebirth, PHR is partnering with CHAI to build PHR’s development capacity,” Weinreb said.

The project is being financed with U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development funds, including those set aside for the development of affordable and supportive housing for older people.

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