Arnold Preservation Council meeting to discuss plan for facility for elderly

April 27, 2000

A proposal to build a 140-unit "congregate care" facility for the elderly on an 11.5-acre site near the Arnold Senior Center will be discussed by developer Gary Baxley at a meeting of the Arnold Preservation Council Wednesday.

Baxley, who operates the Columbia-based Baxley Realty Advisors Inc. and Senior Nation Development Co., said yesterday that he filed a zoning request with the county this month for a special exception to allow the project.

The single building of three and four stories would be built on a group of six lots in the 1300 block of Ritchie Highway, contiguous to the senior center site, Baxley said. It would offer independent living, with "congregate services" of dining and various amenities on "an a la carte basis." He said he expects to have an association with a home health-care agency.

Much of the site's open space would be preserved, he said.

The council meeting, which is open to the public, will be at 7: 30 p.m. in the Severna Park branch library.

"What we are concerned about," said Sage Mumma, vice president of the Arnold group, "is that this is a win-win situation for everyone.

"We want it to be something that will suit some perceived needs and be architecturally nice," she said, adding that the group is also concerned that such matters as "traffic studies and how we are going to get people in and out of there without doing further damage to an already congested Ritchie Highway" are addressed.

Information on the Arnold group: Sage Mumma, 410-544- 1273, or Missy Blevins, 410-315-8847.

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