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Some in Severna Park oppose proposed senior citizens home


Some Severna Park residents objected last night to an assisted-living home for senior citizens proposed for their neighborhood, saying it would be too large and would bring more traffic to a crowded roadway.

The residents, who live in the Arundel Plaza and West Ridge communities, were among 70 people at a meeting of the Greater Severna Park Council who heard a representative from Colonial Manor Homes explain plans to build a 7,000-square-foot, ranch-style house on Arundel Beach Road.

"It's just a white elephant in a gray elephant area," said Tom Nester, who said he was concerned about the home's size and traffic it would bring to an already crowded road.

George Wentz Jr., who works for Colonial Manor Homes, told residents that the assisted-living home would house 15 senior citizens. He said that if it is approved, the home could be built as early as March.

Some residents supported the plan.

"I wish I'd had a home like this for my mom a couple years back," said Evie Wickre, a resident who lives near the proposed site. "My concern was the location for the residents. If they wanted to take a walk, Arundel Beach Road is not the place to do it."

Mr. Wentz said some residents were concerned that because the home would be so large, it would bring down property values. But the home could increase property values, he said.

"In Annapolis, it improved the property values where we were," he said. "People are always afraid of something new and different."

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