Construction of rentals to elderly in Columbia approved by council

November 03, 1992|By James M. Coram | James M. Coram,Staff Writer

The County Council voted unanimously last night to endorse construction of 104 rental units for senior citizens in the Columbia village of Owen Brown.

The Owen Brown II Limited Partnership needed council endorsement to qualify for a loan of $800,000 from the Community Development Council and $2 million in tax-exempt state bonds to build the units.

The partnership plans to build the units next to Owen Brown Place, a high-rise now serving senior citizens. Ten percent of the new units will be reserved for low-income tenants. The remainder will be allotted to moderate-income tenants.

In other action the council:

* Tabled until December three bills designed to increase the county's affordable housing stock.

* Voted unanimously to accept five Albeth Heights properties into the metropolitan water and sewer district along with a Columbia parcel and an Ellicott City site. Albeth Heights residents live near the county landfill and have expressed concern that the facility might be contaminating their wells.

"Of the 12 families in our neighborhood, I know of two with cancer and two in which there were rare blood diseases," Ron Louzon of Albeth Heights told the Planning Board earlier this year. "Last year, I was diagnosed with cancer. I'm 31 years old. I'm not saying the landfill caused it. I'm only saying, 'What if?' "

Mr. Louzon's property was accepted into the metropolitan district.

* Approved unanimously the appointment of Barry Schiffer to the Cable Advisory Committee, Bonnie L. Compton and Susan Allen Daddio to the Social Services Board, and Bernice C. Ammon and Lillian Mulherin to the Commission for Women.

* Set a Nov. 16 public hearing on legislation dealing with financial matters, appointments, the closing of Trotter Road and the acquisition of two group homes for the elderly.

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