Pasadena operator to run Sandtown nursing home

January 07, 1994|By James Bock | James Bock,Staff Writer

The city housing commissioner has selected a Pasadena operator of three suburban nursing homes to complete and manage a boarded-up West Baltimore facility that was originally to be Baltimore's first black-owned, nonprofit nursing home.

FutureCare Health and Management Corp. was chosen over four other developers -- two of them nonprofit -- to run the N. M. Carroll Health Care Facility at 1000 N. Gilmor St. in the Sandtown-Winchester neighborhood.

"The city's priority was to provide quality health care to the community while avoiding any drain on the city's coffers," Daniel P. Henson III, the commissioner, said through a spokesman. "This proposal does this."

Mr. Henson picked FutureCare, which assembled a politically well-connected team including Del. Elijah E. Cummings of West Baltimore, over the recommendation of the Sandtown-Winchester Improvement Association.

The community group backed the nonprofit Repairers of the Breach, a successor to the original developer.

Mr. Attman said the nursing home would create 130 jobs, 100 of which FutureCare hopes to fill with Sandtown applicants. That would make FutureCare the neighborhood's largest employer.

The nearly complete Carroll building, which is designed to house 140 beds, is the largest vacant structure in Sandtown, a low-income community where the city and the Enterprise Foundation have joined forces in an ambitious revitalization project.

The city lost $3.4 million in loan guarantees when the original Carroll group ran out of money and filed for bankruptcy in 1992. The group had debts of nearly $7 million.

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