An attorney for the owners of an assisted-living home in Columbia says they were surprised by a judge's ruling that will eventually close the facility.
Brian Wallach also said the owners might appeal the opinion filed last week by Howard County Circuit Judge Raymond J. Kane Jr.
"We are considering our options, which obviously includes the possibility of appeal," Wallach said. "We're disappointed with the decision."
Kane ruled that the owners of the assisted-living home violated a neighborhood covenant.
The Wilde Lake Village Association had sued Richard Colandrea in 1996 because he continued to run the facility after a village committee rejected his application.
Under the covenant, Colandrea needed the approval of that application to run the home.
Colandrea and his mother, Carmen, own Bryant Woods Inn Inc., which runs the disputed home that serves about eight senior citizens, on Waterfowl Terrace. They also own another home -- not subject to the judge's ruling -- on the same street.
Kane's ruling will not force evictions of the senior citizens residing at the home in dispute. Rather, it forbids Colandrea from accepting new residents or replacing those who leave.