Construction work on the Baltimore area's newest life-care community will get under way Tuesday at 10:30 a.m., when developers break ground for the $55 million Blakehurst project near Towson.
Slated to rise on a 40-acre parcel in the 1000 block of W. Joppa Road, the development is a joint venture of Life Care Services Corp. of Des Moines, Iowa, and a local group that includes Thomas F. Mullan III, John A. Luetkemeyer Jr. and J. Mark Schapiro.
The developers acquired the property last month from the Mission Helpers of the Sacred Heart, a religious order that has moved to smaller facilities nearby. After razing the old buildings on the property, the Blakehurst group will build a first phase containing 197 residences and ancillary spaces, and a health center with 35 comprehensive-care beds and 15 domiciliary-care beds. A second phase will contain another 57 residences, an auditorium, indoor pool and additional comprehensive-care beds.
Blakehurst, whose buildings will rise up to six stories, will be the third Maryland community managed by Life Care Services, one of the nation's largest developers of life-care communities. The others are North Oaks in Owings Mills and Ginger Cove in Annapolis.
The Weitz Corp. of Des Moines is the builder and D'Aleo Inc. of Baltimore is the architect.
Sondra Lichtenstein, marketing director, said more than 90 percent of the first-phase residences already have been reserved, with entrance fees starting at $148,500.
A post-groundbreaking brunch for future residents and guests will be held at the Baltimore Country Club, 4217 Club Road in Baltimore.
Work began last week for Londonderry, a non-profit retirement community on a 16-acre parcel at Easton Parkway Bypass Route 322 and Easton Point Road in Easton.
Krapfcandoit, a construction firm based in Wilmington, Del., is the principal builder and designer as
well as a partner in the development team. Fronting on the Tred Avon River, the community will have 101 cottages in seven styles. Entrance fees range from $53,000 to $224,000.
Londonderry's project director is Paul Spadone Jr., who directed the development of Fairhaven, a retirement community in Carroll County. Londonderry will be run as a cooperative, giving residents a chance to participate in its ownership and management.
The Greater Baltimore Board of Realtors will hold a free seminar for first-time homebuyers Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Liberty Recreation Center, 3901 Main Ave., at the intersection of Main Avenue and Garrison Boulevard. Topics to be covered include the advantages of buying versus renting, what to look for in a home, understanding contracts and purchasing, the financial requirements for buying a home, and loan information and settlement procedures. To register for the seminar, call Karen Reville at 462-2500.
Eric Owen Moss lecture
Architect Eric Owen Moss of Culver City, Calif., will discuss his work in a lecture Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. at the Baltimore Museum of Art. Tickets are $12 for the general public, $8 for students, and $10 for members of the museum or the Baltimore chapter of the American Institute of Architects. More information is available from the AIA at 625-2585.
The Baltimore Corp. for Housing Partnerships will have a grand opening ceremony on May 1 at 10 a.m. for Hamilton Green, a 13-unit development of townhouses and semidetached houses at White and Cedonia avenues in Gardenville. Prices range from $76,900 to $78,900 for the townhouses, and the semidetached houses cost $82,500. All will be complete by fall. G + F Architects was the designer.