Developer hopes to build senior housing

Village Road location in Sykesville considered for mid-income tenants

July 18, 1999|By Mary Gail Hare | Mary Gail Hare,SUN STAFF

An Annapolis developer plans to build a $5 million rental home complex for moderate-income senior citizens in Sykesville.

Homes for America, a nonprofit housing development corporation, is looking at a 5-acre property on Village Road in the town of about 3,500 residents. The company would build 54 apartments at Village and Sandosky roads, across from the town post office.

"We are building senior housing, targeting those with moderate income," said Nancy S. Rase, president of Homes for America. "This will be independent living, but there will be services on the site."

Average income of the residents, who must be at least 62 years old, will be about $27,000 annually, she said. Rents will be charged at below-market rates, and some units will be subsidized.

South Carroll has several senior-housing complexes, but few cater to those of moderate means, Rase said.

"Most of the ones that are here are at the high end," Rase said. "We have conducted a marketing study that demonstrates a need for our homes."

Carroll County has become attractive to senior citizens seeking retirement homes, said Matthew H. Candland, town manager. Several are under construction.

"Carroll has low crime, easy access to metropolitan areas and it is not congested," Candland said. "There are a lot of young families here, and seniors may be looking for homes near their children and grandchildren."

The three-story building, constructed with siding and stone, will include community spaces, elevators and 23 one-bedroom and 31 two-bedroom apartments. A trail will surround the property.

The state has allocated housing tax credits and has asked the town and county to make similar contributions to the project.

Sykesville will consider a reduction in solid waste fees by 50 percent for several years. The company has asked Carroll County to waive school impact fees.

The company plans to build and sell eight other houses, also aimed at seniors, at the Village Road site. Those will be in four buildings.

Homes for America has similar projects in Annapolis, Havre de Grace and Silver Spring, and other projects under construction in Cambridge and Glen Burnie.

All plans will be subject to review by the town's board of zoning appeals and planning commission. Because it is planned in the town's historic district, it will also come under the Sykesville Historic District Commission's purview.

"They will need several variances as far as density, height and setback are concerned," Candland said. "They will have to go through the same site plan review and subdivision process as other developers. Optimistically, it will be next spring before they begin construction."

Rase expects to begin the review process next month. She also will schedule meetings with neighbors of the site.

Pub Date: 7/18/99

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