Retirement community plan dropped

September 05, 1993|By Patrick Gilbert | Patrick Gilbert,Staff Writer

Strong opposition by Green Spring Valley residents and Baltimore County officials has forced the Charlestown Retirement Community to abandon plans to build a senior citizens housing development on the edge of the valley.

Paul L. Erickson, general counsel for Charlestown, said that company officials decided 10 days ago to drop their effort to have public water and sewerage extended west of Falls Road to service the proposed 2,500-resident development at Falls and Greenspring Valley roads. A letter to that effect was sent to P. David Fields, county planning director.

However, the company is pushing ahead with plans for a 1,700-unit retirement community in Carney. On Thursday night, Charlestown officials submitted to the county Planning Board a rezoning request for the 85-acre site.

Three weeks ago, John Erickson, Charlestown's founder and president, announced plans for a new retirement community between East Joppa Road and White Marsh Boulevard.

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.

Charlestown operates a 110-acre retirement community in Catonsville.

OC When he announced his intentions for the site in Carney, Mr. Er

ickson said it would not "take the place of the Green Spring community. . . . I think the area needs it."

But Baltimore County Executive Roger B. Hayden countered with a pledge to continue opposing the Green Spring Valley location, saying that "there are just too many problems there." He said the county was happy about the Joppa Road location.

At a public hearing before the county Planning Board in July, more than 40 residents voiced their opposition to plans to extend water and sewer services for the Green Spring Valley site.

They said they feared that extending services across Falls Road would open up the valley to further mass development.

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