Council to take up bid on apartments in Owen Brown for seniors COUNTY WIDE

A developer seeking state aid to build 104 rental units in Owen Brown for senior citizens will take its case to the County Council tonight.

Owen Brown II limited partnership wants the council to endorse its plans to build 104 rental units next to Owen Brown Place in Columbia. Ten percent of the new units would be reserved for low-income tenants. Ninety percent would would be reserved for moderate-income tenants.


The partnership needs the council's endorsement to qualify for a loan of $800,000 from the Community Development Council and for $2 million in tax exempt state bonds.

Resolutions endorsing the project and the payment in lieu of taxes are two of the 23 pieces of legislation being introduced before the council at tonight's 8 o'clock meeting.


Also coming before the council tonight are three bills aimed at increasing the county's stock of moderately priced housing. Taken together, the legislation would require builders of a development with more than 10 units to set aside 10 percent of those units for households earning $40,761 or less, which is 75 percent or less of the county's median income of $54,348, according to the 1990 census.

A public hearing on the proposals is scheduled for Oct. 20. All other legislation introduced tonight will be aired at an Oct. 19 hearing.

The council will vote tonight on 29 pieces of legislation introduced Sept. 8 and discussed at a public hearing Sept. 21.

Among the legislation the council is expected to approve is a bill sponsored by Councilwoman Shane Pendergrass, D-1st, requiring the planning department to notify residents and community associations of new development in their % 5/8 neighborhoods.

In order to receive the bi-weekly notification, residents and community associations would have to register with the planning department and pay an annual fee to cover mailing and processing expenses.

The council also is expected to confirm County Executive Charles I. Ecker's appointment of Theodore Mariani to the Planning Board.

Community activist John W. Taylor was the only person to oppose the nominations of Mr. Mariani, an architect, and John Liparini, a developer, at their Sept. 21 confirmation hearings.

Mr. Liparini was being renominated to the housing commission.


The council is expected to confirm both Mr. Liparini and Mr. Mariani, as well as nine other nominees to various boards and commissions.


The council meets at 8 tonightin the Banneker Room of the George Howard Building, 3430 Court House Drive, Ellicott City.