Council OKs zoning change for nursing home

September 15, 1997

The Mount Airy Town Council has approved a zoning change that clears the way for construction of a nursing home in the Wildwood Park senior housing community.

The zoning change will allow a nursing home to occupy up to 25 percent, instead of 15 percent, of a site. The change was sought by the nursing home's developer, Lorien Home Health Care Inc., because of constraints at the Wildwood Park site.

But the company, which plans to build a 62-bed nursing home at Wildwood Park, still faces a challenge before a state health planning board.

The company originally planned to build a 125-bed nursing home in Taneytown, but has decided to build two smaller facilities instead. One will serve northwest Carroll and the other, the Mount Airy region.

The Maryland Health Planning Resources Commission, which approved Lorien's plan to divide its 125-bed allocation in July, was scheduled to hear a challenge from Pleasant View Nursing Home in Mount Airy this week. The commission postponed the hearing until Oct. 14 at the request of representatives of both nursing homes.

Pub Date: 9/15/97

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