Former elementary school to become senior housing Renovation: A facility built in 1926 and most recently used for storage will fulfill a new community function.

Urban Landscape

December 11, 1997|By Edward Gunts | Edward Gunts,SUN STAFF

HUNDREDS of children have spent their formative years in a red brick building at 10535 York Road, the former Cockeysville Elementary School.

Soon, some of them may come back -- to live.

A private development group is converting the school property to a $6.1 million, 120-unit apartment complex for the elderly called Warren Place Senior Housing and Senior Center.

Preliminary work has begun, and a groundbreaking ceremony will be held at 10 a.m. today.

Many of the people who have expressed interest in moving to Warren Place went to school there or taught there, said Robert Vogelsang, project manager for D'Aleo & Associates, architect for the development.

Interest has also come, he said, from younger adults who live in the Cockeysville area and would like to have their aging parents living nearby.

"There's a strong market for this project," he said. "The school has been a focal point for the community, and the neighborhood wanted to preserve it and the adjacent recreational fields."

The development team, called Cockeysville Elementary School LLC, is headed by Leo D'Aleo, James Forster and Lisa Tomasetti. It was selected to recycle the school for senior housing after Baltimore County sought proposals several years ago.

Cockeysville Elementary School was built in 1926, expanded in 1953 and replaced in the 1980s. Last used as a storage facility by the county's Board of Education, it will be renovated to contain 37 apartments along with dining facilities, a doctor's office and a beauty salon. A three-story addition will be constructed in the rear to provide 83 more apartments.

Warren Place will also contain a 13,000-square-foot senior center that will be operated by the Baltimore County Department of Aging. The county Department of Recreation and Parks will maintain the ball fields that were once part of the school grounds and build a "comfort station" with public restrooms.

County Executive C. A. Dutch Ruppersberger has been an advocate of recycling the school.

MSG Associates of Towson is the contractor. Maryland Property Group will handle management and leasing. Work is expected to be completed next fall.

Proposals sought for state land

The state of Maryland is seeking developers for approximately 20 acres near the Reisterstown Plaza Metro Station in Baltimore.

Maryland's Mass Transit Administration has set Feb. 25 as the deadline for proposals from groups interested in developing a state-owned parcel two blocks north of Northern Parkway and west of Wabash Avenue, between Mount Hope Drive and Patterson Avenue.

The city's urban renewal plan for the area would permit office or retail space, housing or a combination of all three. More than 2,100 Metro commuters use the station daily, and a day care center will soon open nearby.

Union Square Cookie Tour scheduled for Sunday

Baltimore's Union Square community will hold its 12th annual Christmas Cookie Tour, featuring 20 Victorian-era houses decorated for Christmas, from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.

Tickets may be purchased on the day of the tour at Steuart Hill Elementary School, Lombard and Gilmor streets.

Adams named chairman of building museum

Architect Harold L. Adams, chairman of RTKL Associates of Baltimore, has been named chairman of the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C.

During his three-year term as chairman, Adams will head the private, nonprofit museum, founded by Congress in 1980. He replaced Kent Colton, chief executive officer of the National Association of Home Builders.

Pub Date: 12/11/97

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