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Assisted living center opens on Catonsville campus

Caton Woods at Charlestown retirement community. - Original Credit: Michael Woodard
Caton Woods at Charlestown retirement community. - Original Credit: Michael Woodard (HANDOUT)

The Charlestown retirement community in Catonsville has opened Caton Woods, a new continuing care assisted living facility.

Erickson Living, the company that manages the retirement community, announced the opening Monday in a statement.

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Construction on the 128,150-square foot building, which cost about $30 million, started in December 2014, and will be home to 116 residents.

The first resident moved into the building Nov. 7, according to spokesman Mel Tansill, adding the comapny expects residents will have moved into their new homes by Christmas.

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The building will be close to 100 percent occupied by the end of the year, he said.

Residential apartments in Caton Woods range from 300 to 600 square feet. Prior to building Caton Woods, assisted living residents in Charlestown lived in its Renaissance Gardens Terrace building, which had apartments about 190 square feet in size.

The building includes a theater, a fitness center, a salon, a game room, a library, and a spa, according to the announcement.

Average monthly fees at Caton Woods range from $4,269 to $9,802, Tansill said, depending on apartment size and resident-care needs.

The opening of Caton Woods finishes the first of three phases of a $75 million "repositioning" project at Charlestown, the company said. During the latter phases, new memory care and skilled nursing buildings will be built.

About 2,100 residents live in 17 residential buildings on Charlestown's 110-acre campus.

Hord Coplan Macht Inc., which has an office in Baltimore, was the architecture firm for the project. The general contractor was Baltimore-based Whiting-Turner.

Nearby, Westgate Hills Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center, on the Baltimore City border with Catonsville, completed a $1.5 million renovation last month, which provides upgraded facilities and a fresh look.

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