Assisted-living facility proposed for 5-acre site in Ellicott City Home, with 87 rooms, would accommodate up to 103 residents

March 30, 1998|By Erika D. Peterman | Erika D. Peterman,SUN STAFF

A Richmond, Va.-based retirement home company wants to make Ellicott City the site of its first assisted-living facility in Maryland.

Manorhouse Retirement Centers Inc., which has seven such communities in the mid-Atlantic region, is asking Howard County Zoning Board for permission to build an 87-room group-care home for up to 103 residents on about 5 acres at the northwest corner of Old Columbia Pike and Tollhouse Road.

The land is zoned residential/environmental development, which allows single-family houses and uses such as private recreation facilities, Christmas tree sales, carnivals and volunteer fire departments.

Manorhouse needs a special exception for a home, and their request is scheduled to go before the county Planning Board April 9 and the Board of Appeals April 30.

Manorhouse, most of whose assisted-living homes are in Virginia and North Carolina, has eight more under construction, according to regional marketing director Susan Huffman.

"We just go into areas [where] we find that there's a need for our services," Huffman said.

According to Manorhouse's petition, residents would be at least age 62, but the average age would be 82. Many would have some physical or mental difficulties.

The assisted-living facility would offer such services as housekeeping, laundry, transportation, bathing, grooming and medication management. But it would not provide the around-the-clock medical care of a nursing home.

"Assisted living bridges the gap between independent living and nursing-home care," Huffman said.

In addition to 87 single and double rooms, the facility would include a restaurant-style dining area, beauty salon, Jacuzzi, sitting rooms, medical examination room and a chapel/meditation area.

A two-story brick and stucco veneer building with an internal courtyard in the center and a garden courtyard along the side is proposed.

"What we struggle with is people thinking they're institutions, and really, we're like a residential model," Huffman said. "We really take a lot of strides to be more homelike and residential, yet upscale."

If approved, Manorhouse plans to begin construction in Ellicott City this summer, opening in summer 1999, Huffman said.

Pub Date: 3/30/98

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