Community for hearing-impaired advanced Council tentatively OKs purchase of property

THE BALTIMORE SUN

The Baltimore City Council granted preliminary approval last night to a Howard County developer to buy three parcels of land that will comprise Wyndholme Village, a planned gated community exclusively for the hearing-impaired.

Jim Lancelotta, owner of Lancelotta and Associates Inc., plans to build a 927-apartment complex in the 5200 block of Frederick Ave. for hearing-impaired people over age 50.

Plans show that the apartments would be surrounded by courtyards, bike paths, dining rooms, a bank and a grocery store.

The southwest city site is about an hour's drive from Gallaudet University in Washington, which serves the hearing-impaired, and only a few miles from the Woodlawn offices of the Social Security Administration, a leading employer of the hearing-impaired.

Some apartments in the complex are scheduled to open in 1998. By the time the complex is complete in 2003, the project is expected to cost $120 million.

Final approval from the council is expected in two weeks.

Also last night, 5th District Councilwoman Helen L. Holton called for Police Commissioner Thomas C. Frazier to allow the public to witness the incineration of confiscated drugs and weapons.

Confiscated drugs now are incinerated in a nonpublic place.

"If this eases the minds of people who already do not trust the police, then I think it should be done in the open," Holton said.

Pub Date: 10/29/96

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