Glenwood senior complex faces final step for approval High-density condo plan has planners' approval, but neighbors dismayed

December 09, 1997|By Carolyn Melago | Carolyn Melago,CONTRIBUTING WRITER Sun staff writer Del Quentin Wilber contributed to this article.

A condominium complex for senior citizens near Cattail Creek Country Club in Glenwood faces its final step toward approval tonight at a Board of Appeals public hearing.

The Villas at Cattail Creek would feature 116 dwellings on a 58-acre site -- a much denser design than most in Western Howard County.

"It's just very exciting," said Donald Reuwer, the project's developer. "Older residents don't want a 3-acre lot to take care of. They don't want to take care of yards."

Though no formal opposition has been voiced, some neighbors are not as enthusiastic about the plan.

Ken Hinkle, vice president of the Wellington Homeowners Association, said some residents were dismayed when they learned of the development at a November meeting.

"They were shocked to hear it was coming to this area. When we purchased our homes out here, we kind of hoped it would stay the same," Hinkle said.

Hinkle said residents thought the condos would be constructed too close together on too small a section of land, while most of the homes in the area are spread across larger plots.

"There was shock, a lot of disapproval and a lot of negative sentiments," Hinkle said, but no group was organized to oppose the plan.

Reuwer, though, said the condos would help house the elderly -- a population expected to double in Howard by 2010.

Seniors would belong to the country club and receive electric golf carts to drive along special paths, Reuwer said. The course is expected to expand by nine holes in the next two years.

Reuwer also said the complex would be healthy for the county because it wouldn't add any school-age children or put stress on public services.

In a 3-to-1 vote Dec. 3, the Howard County Planning Board recommended approval for the Villas at Cattail Creek under a special exception for housing for the elderly.

Each building in the complex -- which would be constructed on the northern property line of the Cattail Creek Country Club bordering Route 97 -- would contain four condominiums ranging from 1,800 to 2,000 square feet and would share garages and parking areas.

The public hearing is scheduled at 7: 30 tonight in the George Howard Building, 3430 Court House Drive.

Pub Date: 12/09/97

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