County Council to discuss 80-unit complex for seniors


The Howard County Council will hold a public hearing tonight on a Baltimore company's plan to build an 80-unit senior apartment complex in Ellicott City.

The meeting -- scheduled for 8 p.m. in the County Council chambers -- will consider the request of Shelter Properties Corp., which operates two senior homes in Howard County, to build an 80-unit, four-story complex on 4 acres off Ridge Road next to the post office.

The complex -- to be called Parkview at Ellicott City -- would have elevators, a multipurpose community room and emergency pull cords in the bedroom and bathroom of each unit.

The building would be an independent-living facility, meaning that tenants would have to meet their daily needs without assistance by the building's management and maintenance and housekeeping staffs. If approved, construction could begin as early as spring, and the complex would open in spring 1999.

Shelter Properties operates Colonial Landing in Elkridge and the Carriage Run facility in Columbia's Owen Brown village.

Senate honors descendants of Howard family's slaves

The William Henry Howard family of Elkridge -- whose ancestors were slaves owned by the son of the man for whom Howard County is named -- has been recognized by the state Senate for three generations of contributions to the community.

"It gives me great inspiration to know that my ancestors were here and made some contribution to the development of Howard County," said the Rev. Roland Howard, grandson of William Henry Howard and pastor of Banneker Christian Community Church in Columbia. "It's nice to know that they are still remembered for their hard work."

The Senate resolution -- sponsored by Republican state Sen. Martin G. Madden and signed Oct. 7 -- honors the role of the Howard family, whose ancestors were slaves held by George Howard, son of John Eager Howard, for whom the county is named.

William Henry Howard received his freedom certificate in 1856 and became a minister at St. Stephen's African Methodist Episcopal Church, according to Roland Howard.

William Howard's wife, Annie, paid $27.81 in 1898 for a part of a 100-acre parcel near Deep Run named Grecian Siege that was set aside by its white owners for freed slaves.

Two acres of that tract are still owned by the Howard family. A rabbit and pig farm in a field at the site is surrounded by trees on a long, winding, private dirt driveway that stretches from Mayfield Avenue to the family's homestead.

That road was named Homeplace Lane two years ago -- in honor of the log cabin that was home to three generations of the Howard family.

Abolitionist Harriet Tubman is known to have stopped at the cabin near the stream while helping more than 300 African-Americans escape slavery by the Underground Railroad.

The log cabin is listed on the Maryland Inventory of Historical Properties, making it one of 650 Howard County entries.

Pub Date: 10/20/97

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