County Council clears way for senior housing site


The County Council has cleared the way for a proposed housing complex for moderate-income senior citizens in Glen Burnie. The project's developer hopes to open the apartments on Furnace Branch Road in two years.

The $7 million, four-story Park View at Furnace Branch would be open to seniors 62 and older whose income does not exceed 60 percent of the area's median. For an individual, that works out to $25,900. One-bedroom apartments would rent for about $480 a month plus utilities, and two-bedroom units about $555.

"There is a real need in the county, and the county itself has made development of affordable housing a priority," said Nora Vlahoyiannis, development director at Shelter Group, a Baltimore real estate development company behind the project.

The council voted 5-1 Monday, with one member absent, to change the zoning code to allow moderate-income senior housing in a commercial zone known as "C3." Other uses in such areas include barbershops, restaurants and shoe stores.

While Shelter Group would be the first company to take advantage of the change, county planners have identified 22 sections of Anne Arundel County where the law could apply. There are several restrictions. For example, parcels can be no larger than 5 acres, and the floor area of any unit cannot exceed 1,000 square feet.

Vlahoyiannis said Park View at Furnace Branch is in the process of securing state funding in the form of loans and tax credits.

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