Now all they need is a building permit.
Officials at Carroll Haven, the Westminster adult day-care center, have for the last three years been trying to raise $1.3 million for construction of their new, 16,000-square-foot building.
And while the $100,000 state grant announced late last week puts them over the top, construction of the center will have to wait until the county issues a building permit.
"At this point, all we're waiting for is a permit," said Richard Glaser, executive director at Carroll Haven. "The state grant gives us more than enough to go ahead."
The final $100,000 was good news to Glaser and to the board of the 32-year-old center. While that grant -- part of a $3 million state bond issue --was awarded to Carroll Haven late last month, it was announced Thursday by Delegate Richard N. Dixon, D-Carroll.
"Carroll Haven is a quasi-state organization that provides benefits for the county," Dixon said during a 20-minute press conference at the County Office Building. "The state funds help bring Carroll Haven a bit closer to home for everyone who needs it."
Securing the $100,000 from the state guaranteed the donation of another $100,000 from the Ryan Family Foundation, a Mount Airy philanthropic trust.
That process took more than a year, and brings the total amount of state money awarded the project up to $600,000.
"This will allow a dream we've had at Carroll Haven for a long time to become reality," said Jacob Yingling, a member of the organization's board of directors.
In addition to the state and Ryan Foundation money, $240,000 comes from the sale of its former headquarters in Hampstead, and the remaining $360,000 comes from private donations.
"This latest grant lets them go about this project debt-free," Dixon said.
Although zoning approval was granted and ground-breaking ceremonies for the new Bishop Street center were conducted in July, a final building permit still has not been issued. Glaser said he expects to receive the permit within a week or so.
The new center for disabled adults is expected to be completed in late 1991 or early 1992 and will be able to accommodate 125 people. It will consolidate Carroll Haven's operations, now split between rented locations at 288 E. Green St. and 180 Krider's Church Road.
The contractor for the one-story building is Hostetter Corp. of Hanover, Pa. The facility is being built on a 3-acre site donated by the county.
Carroll Haven is a private, non-profit organization with a staff of 34.
Its annual budget exceeds $1 million.
Founded in 1958 as a school for mentally retarded children, Carroll Haven was incorporated in 1969.