Apartment buildings for elderly are planned Part of $18.9 million grant will fund total of 144 units in Baltimore, Glen Burnie

October 25, 1997|By Marcia Myers | Marcia Myers,SUN STAFF

Two mid-rise apartment buildings providing a total of 144 apartments for the elderly will be built in Baltimore and Glen Burnie in the next two years as part of a federal effort to provide more homes for senior citizens and disabled people nationwide.

The local programs are among 272 projects across the country being funded with nearly $600 million, federal housing officials said in announcing the projects yesterday.

Maryland's cut is $18.9 million. In addition to the local construction projects, the money will go toward construction of 48 apartments for the elderly in Prince George's County and renovation of several group homes and apartments for the disabled and elderly in Baltimore, Cockeysville, Frederick and Bowie.

"The senior citizen and disabled programs, to me, are the truest definition of the mission of this department," Housing and Urban Development Secretary Andrew M. Cuomo said yesterday. "We're not talking about providing the luxury items in life, we're talking about a roof over your head."

The projects will provide 192 housing units for senior citizens and 33 for disabled persons in Maryland.

The money will be provided in grants to the organizations that proposed the projects.

The Baltimore apartment building, proposed by the Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore, will be built at 3211 Clarks Lane, adjacent to the Edward A. Myerberg Northwest Senior Center, at a cost of about $5 million.

"They want to build a covered walkway right to the community center," said James S. Kelly, of the Maryland HUD office. The deal included the city's offer to sell the site for $266,000 below its appraised cost. The price was not available yesterday.

The building will offer 72 apartments for frail elderly people.

The Glen Burnie project is sponsored by Associated Catholic Charities of Baltimore, and will provide 72 housing units for the elderly -- some for frail elderly, some for independent seniors.

The site is near shopping and public transportation on West Ordnance Road near Route 2, Kelly said. The project also will receive a $5 million grant.

In addition, HUD is providing more than $1 million in rental subsidies over five years to each building.

Construction is not expected to begin for about a year and could take a year to 18 months, Kelly said.

Pub Date: 10/25/97

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