Former Hampstead school building to be transformed into senior housing

March 10, 2004|By Mary Gail Hare | Mary Gail Hare,SUN STAFF

Developers unveiled a $10 million restoration project yesterday that will preserve a Hampstead landmark and create much-needed housing for seniors.

In a meeting at North Carroll Senior Center, about 50 prospective tenants of the Hampstead School project saw plans for restoring the two-story brick building, built in 1917, and expanding it, allowing for 84 one- and two-bedroom units. Groundbreaking on the 5-acre property is set for early spring, with about 18 months allotted for construction.

Geraldine Redding graduated from Hampstead School 70 years ago and has many fond memories of the building on Main Street. She listened intently to the presentation while many others took notes.

"I have my own home and my son and his wife to care for me," said Redding, 86. "But I am really happy they are not tearing the school down and that they are making it into apartments.

Cadoux Developers and Landex Corp. of Baltimore are among the companies working on the project.

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