Plans approved for Alzheimer's facility 126-bed project will specialize

November 18, 1992|By Greg Tasker | Greg Tasker,Staff Writer

The Carroll Planning Commission approved site plans yesterday for Copper Ridge, a health care facility in Sykesville that will specialize in the treatment of Alzheimer's patients.

The commission's approval of site development plans for the 126-bed facility came with several routine conditions, including requirements that owner and operator Episcopal Health Ministries Inc. make road improvements and secure utility hookups.

During a brief presentation, EHM Vice President Carol L. Kershner told the commission the "project is more than just a nursing home." The facility, she said, is dedicated to the treatment of patients with Alzheimer's disease and other memory-impairing disorders.

Ms. Kershner said the facility will incorporate recent research on creating the optimum living environment for Alzheimer's patients. She said she researched the project by visiting 17 facilities in nine states.

Copper Ridge will have 60 beds for domiciliary care or assisted living; 66 for comprehensive care, which would include skilled nursing, therapy and social services; and 25 slots for adult day care, she said.

The facility, on about 14 acres facing Obrecht Road near the Fairhaven retirement community, will provide jobs for about 175 full- and part-time workers.

EHM intends to borrow money through a bond sale for the 98,880-square-foot facility, Ms. Kershner said. The project's cost is estimated at $18.9 million.

Commission member Dave Duree asked EHM representatives about the volume of traffic Copper Ridge will generate on Obrecht Road.

Ms. Kershner said the traffic will primarily be staff and visitors. Other representatives said about 60 cars an hour will pass through the intersection at peak shift changes.

Although Copper Ridge will have a separate entrance from Fairhaven, Ms. Kershner said visitors and employees will use Fairhaven's main entrance from 9 p.m. to 7 a.m.

The Sykesville Town Council has approved the non-profit organization's plans to widen Obrecht Road at Norris Avenue to allow a left-turn lane into the adjacent Fairhaven property.

The project is slated to be completed by summer 1994. Construction is scheduled to begin in March.

In other action, the commission approved preliminary plans for:

* Section two of Jenna Estates, east side of Brangles Road in the Sykesville-Eldersburg area. The section will feature single-family homes on 78 lots on 268 acres.

* Section two of Breezewood Estates, west side of Route 97, south of Stone Road near Union Mills. Plans call for single-family homes on eight lots on 13 acres.

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