Retirement Home To Take Site Of Caper's Restaurant

December 06, 1990|By Robert Lee | Robert Lee,Staff writer

An Annapolis company is planning to build a 141-apartment four-story retirement home for "active, upper-middle" income seniors in Broadneck where Caper's restaurant stands.

The plans, already approved by county zoning, will mean the wrecking ball for the plush dining hall after it closes in January, owner John Kinnamon said.

The developer, Alternative Care Inc. of Annapolis, plans to open the tentatively named "The Annapolitan," sometime in early 1992, said George R.

Wentz Jr., company president. The project is a joint venture between Alternative Care and Kinnamon.

Wentz' 3 -year-old company also operates Chestnut Manor, a nine-unit Linthicum development, and has just started a new venture, known as "Home Care," which provides live-in, non-health-related companion care to senior citizens.

"The point of this and all our ventures is to provide an alternative to institutional nursing care," Wentz said.

The plans for the development, displayed at the restaurant, call for a T-shaped building in "something akin" to colonial Annapolis architecture.

The rents have not been determined yet, but Wentz said the one- and two-bedroom apartments will be priced for Annapolis' upper-middle income clients, 58 and older, who are either lonely or no longer want to keep up their own homes.

"This will be a top-notch facility, offering a nice gracious lifestyle for seniors of Annapolis," Wentz boasted.

The project will be categorized by state health guidelines as "domiciliary care," offering meal and cleaning services but stopping short of taking care of client's health concerns.

Kinnamon said Caper's business has been slow, especially during construction along Route 50, and the restaurant owes back taxes.

Most of the restaurant staff, he said, will follow general manager John Preece to Kent Island to re-open Chesterfield's restaurant at Queen's Landing. Popular pianist Dick Gessner will begin working across the street at Whispers Restaurant, Kinnamon said.

When The Annapolitan is completed, its dining hall will be known as Caper's and it will resume its off-site catering business.

Kinnamon said he thinks the joint venture with Alternative Care will be successful.

"There are two businesses to get into now -- one's aquaculture, and one's elderly housing, with the graying of America."

Kinnamon also said he plans to open a striped-bass farm in Westminster, Carroll County.

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