Baltimore County

Plans for Balto. Co. senior-housing developments moving forward

Plans for two Baltimore County senior housing developments, one of which is tied to the expansion of the Catonsville Family Y, are set to move forward this week.

County Councilman Tom Quirk said he plans to introduce resolutions Monday seeking council approval for the projects. The senior housing developments would be located at the Y campus on Rolling Road in Catonsville and on Oak Road in Baltimore Highlands, which is near Lansdowne.

The developers of the projects have applied for Planned Unit Development (PUD) status, which allows exemptions from some zoning rules if a project offers a benefit to the community. For such projects, the County Council must approve a resolution before the development moves forward in the local planning process.

The Y of Central Maryland is redeveloping its Catonsville site with the Shelter Group. It plans to use proceeds from the sale of the land sale to the company to upgrade the Y center.

The Shelter Group has proposed building a 140-unit Brightview Senior Living community on about 5.5 acres of the current Y campus, with a mix of independent senior apartments and assisted-living beds.

Previous plans for the site called for a medical office building at the Y campus, but that idea drew many concerns about traffic, said Quirk, a Catonsville Democrat. The Brightview development would generate far less traffic and generally has the support of the community, he said.

The Y and the Shelter Group have proposed improvements to South Rolling Road, according to the PUD resolution.

The Baltimore Highlands project, called the Greens at English Consul and developed by Enterprise Homes, would cost between $9 million and $10 million. It would include 90 affordable residential units on 4.5 acres near Baltimore Highlands Elementary School.

Seniors who earn 60 percent or less of the median area income could qualify, according to minutes of a community meeting that Enterprise Homes hosted. Rents would depend on the type of financing used for the development, but will likely range from $400 to $900, or $700 to $900, a month, according to the minutes.

"There's a lot of seniors in Baltimore Highlands that truly will be able to take advantage of this," Quirk said.

Moses Rodriguez, president of the Baltimore Highlands Community Association, said his area supports the plan.

"They like the idea of seniors moving back in the neighborhoods," Rodriguez said. "This is giving them an opportunity to actually stay in the neighborhood and have somebody else do the maintenance."

If introduced Monday as planned, the resolutions could be voted on in early March. If approved, the developers would then submit concept plans to planning officials for review.