Westminster retirement site plans expansion

April 02, 2003|By Athima Chansanchai | Athima Chansanchai,SUN STAFF

Addressing a demand for senior housing that has left about 250 people on its waiting list, Carroll County's largest retirement community is planning a $60 million expansion that would double the size of its hilltop campus in Westminster.

Carroll Lutheran Village is to formally announce today plans for its 29-acre Wakefield Overlook project, which is to include 82 apartments, 60 houses, a new indoor pool, exercise room, classrooms, a doctor's office, a bistro and a convenience store.

The community has about 500 residents, who come from Carroll County and elsewhere.

They live in 48 cottages, 208 apartments spread over two buildings, 50 units of assisted living and 103 nursing beds in the Healthcare Center.

The wait to get into the community ranges from two years to five years, which spurred the staff to come up with an expansion plan to meet that demand.

About 100 people are on a waiting list for Fairhaven, a retirement community in Sykesville that is second to Carroll Lutheran with 400 residents, said Mindy Stewart, director of marketing and communications for Fairhaven's parent corporation, EMA.

In a financial statement from 2001, Carroll Lutheran, which is owned by 27 churches of the Westminster Conference of Lutheran Churches of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, reported an annual income of $12.5 million.

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