The Snowden Creek senior living development formerly known as Adams Paradise has broken ground on the corner of Oklahoma and Bennett roads in Eldersburg.
Clearing and preliminary site work began about six weeks ago, in early October, according to developer Ryan Humphries, and the three-story, 109-unit age-restricted apartment complex is slated for completion next winter.
“We are looking to have use and occupancy in December of next year,” Humphries said.
The county approved the concept site plan in May 2017, and the final site plan in August 2017. Since then, the developer has been acquiring necessary building permits and preparing to build the 133,935-square-foot development.
The site is located in the Freedom priority funding, municipal growth and Freedom water and sewer service areas. Residents will be served by the Sykesville-Freedom District volunteer fire company and the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office.
Snowden Creek’s developers have been working on the project since at least 2012, when they proposed it at double the current size and faced community backlash. Residents sent letters, emails and attended public hearings to speak out against the development which they said would cause more traffic, change the character of the community and decrease property values.
The property later received conditional use approval for a retirement home by the Carroll County Board of Zoning Appeals, which was affirmed on June 17, 2015, by the Court of Special Appeals of Maryland.
According to the site plan approved by the Planning and Zoning Commission last year, the proposed building will comply with all setback requirements and have 166 parking spaces — two more than the number required for multi-family, age-restricted adult housing at 1.5 spaces per dwelling unit.
On the site, a U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development sign has been attracting local attention with newspaper and Facebook community group inquiries.
“Land clearing has started,” local resident James O'Keefe wrote in an email to the Times. “I am just asking about the sign here which implies some involvement from HUD.”
The development is not financed by HUD but through the HUD Section 231 program — which is a program that “insures mortgage loans to facilitate the construction and substantial rehabilitation of multifamily rental housing for elderly persons (62 or older) and/or persons with disabilities,” according to the HUD website.
Although the development will be age-restricted, it will not be income-restricted. The program is different from the HUD housing assistance program that offers housing choice vouchers for low-income individuals and families.
“There are no income restrictions at all associated with this property,” Humphries said.
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Anyone with questions about the property — whether they be curious neighbors or prospective renters — can email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information, he said.