Construction of housing for elderly starts Glen Burnie apartments for residents 62 and older

September 29, 1998|By Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan | Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan,SUN STAFF

A nonprofit housing development corporation begins construction today on an apartment complex for seniors in Glen Burnie -- where, its spokeswoman says, market studies show a large elderly population and a "tremendous need" for such a facility.

"The typical age [of residents of such communities] is about 75 -- a widowed person who's living on Social Security. And there's a strong population base like that in the Glen Burnie area," said Trudy McFall, chairwoman of the Annapolis-based Homes for America, which is building the $8.8 million complex.

She said the Glen Forest Senior Apartments, a community of 100 one- and two-bedroom rental apartments at 7975 Crain Highway, will be built with an $800,000 loan from the county Community Development Services Department and $629,826 in federal housing tax credits from the state Department of Housing and Community Development. The complex is to be completed next fall.

McFall said the county Department of Aging will operate its nutrition program at the complex, providing a hot lunch to residents. A home health-care nurse will be stationed there a few days a week.

Other amenities planned at the community include beauty shops, an exercise program and a medical room with visiting specialists.

The apartments -- which will rent for $465 to $685 a month -- will be available to residents 62 and older. The maximum income for residents is $23,340 for one person and $26,200 for a two-person household.

"There is definitely a need," said Del. Mary Ann Love, a Democrat who represents Glen Burnie. "There's always been a waiting list for senior housing in the area, and that's always been a problem."

Del. Michael W. Burns, a Republican who represents Glen Burnie, said housing for the elderly is an increasingly important issue in northern Anne Arundel County.

"Many of the parents of the people I went to high school with still live in Linthicum and Glen Burnie," said Burns, who grew up in both towns. "They're getting up there in years, and it's getting, in some respects, to be an older community."

McFall said those interested in applying for apartments should call 410-295-7557.

Pub Date: 9/29/98

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