Retirees' complex planned 85-acre site on Joppa Road BALTIMORE COUNTY

August 12, 1993|By Ed Brandt | Ed Brandt,Staff Writer

The developer of the 110-acre Charlestown retirement community in Catonsville will build a second community on an 85-acre site on Joppa Road east of Carney. Construction is expected to begin in the spring, and the first buildings are expected to open in January 1995.

The announcement was made yesterday by Baltimore County Executive Roger B. Hayden and developer John Erickson.

The site is at the intersection of Joppa Road and Walther Boulevard. Walther Boulevard is to be improved so that traffic can use the new White Marsh exit off the Beltway to reach the site.

"It's large enough for the campus-style community Mr. Erickson wants to build," Mr. Hayden said. "It's close to thousands of middle-income seniors in eastern and northern Baltimore County, and we should be able to get it zoned properly and pretty quickly."

There are a few houses along Joppa Road on the site's northern boundary, but the land is unused otherwise. It was quarried for stone many years ago, and there is a lake on the property. The Charlestown corporation paid Nottingham Properties a little under $5 million for the acreage. The county has put rezoning on a fast track and hopes to have everything in place by December.

The $200 million community is to be built over four years and house 2,000 seniors in independent living quarters and another 300 in assisted-living apartments. It is to employ nearly 800 people.

"This is perfect for the county," Mr. Hayden said. "It fills a need, and it doesn't put a huge demand on county services, such as schools and additional roads. Also, it will bring construction money into the county and help a lot of small businesses that furnish supplies."

Mr. Erickson said yesterday that he plans to go ahead with his attempt to put a retirement home on 95 acres of farmland at the southwest corner of Falls and Greenspring Valley roads, a move bitterly opposed by residents of the Green Spring Valley. "The Joppa Road community doesn't take the place of the Green Spring community," he said. "I think the area needs it."

Mr. Hayden said the county will continue to oppose the Green Spring site for a retirement home. "There are just too many problems there," he said. "We're happy about the Joppa Road home, but we'll continue to oppose anything at Green Spring."

Mr. Erickson has applied to the county Planning Board to allow extension of water and sewage lines across Falls Road to the proposed Green Spring site.

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