Noise spurs change in site for seniors' apartments

March 01, 1994

Developers of a $6 million, 97-unit senior citizens apartment complex are abandoning their original site near a heavy equipment company in favor of a quieter spot near the Elkridge Branch Library.

Officials from Shelter Development Corp. told residents at an Elkridge Community Association meeting last Thursday that constant noise from Alban Engine Power Systems at 6455 Washington Blvd. forced it to withdraw plans to build the complex at U.S. 1 and Old Baltimore-Washington Boulevard.

"It was for sale, it was the right size -- we just didn't think of the noise problem," said Andrew Auld, vice president of Shelter Development, Corp., a Baltimore-based property management, investment and lending company.

Shelter Development had planned to build a complex for fully independent senior citizens on 4.5 acres near Alban Engine Power Systems, which sells and services truck engines and generators for Caterpillar, Inc.

Instead, Shelter Development hopes to build the project on about five acres of land at the southern end of Rowanberry Drive in Rockburn Commons. The proposed site requires rezoning from business and residential to planned, office/research and includes wetlands, which are protected from development by state and federal laws.

But project manager Nora Vlahoyiannis said the apartment complex would not disturb a stream that crosses the property.

She said engineering studies have begun, and a new site plan will be submitted to county officials by next week.

Mr. Auld, who hopes to start construction by late this year or early 1995, said switching locations will delay the project by about a month.

POLICE LOG

* Ellicott City: 3900 block of Cooks Lane: Vandals spray-painted graffiti on the front, garage and greenhouse of a flower business last Tuesday.

10400 block of Peterboro Court: A furnace and a heat pump were stolen from a house under construction Wednesday.

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