Officials to decide Monday on senior housing proposal

102-unit building planned for Waverly Woods site

August 18, 2004|By Larry Carson | Larry Carson,SUN STAFF

The Howard County Zoning Board will hear final arguments and decide on a proposed 102-unit, moderate-income senior housing building in Waverly Woods at 6:30 p.m. Monday in the County Council chambers.

The board members completed their third evening of hearing testimony Monday night, adjourning about midnight after hearing six Waverly Woods residents who oppose the four-story building planned for a 2.3-acre site across from the community's shopping center. A rebuttal witness, developer Donald R. Reuwer Jr., also spoke.

As in the past, the residents argued that the building is too big and "doesn't really fit in," according to resident Christopher S. Hannan, who presented height and distance measurements to back his points.

Another witness argued that more cars would create an air pollution "hot spot" at the site, while Linda Smoot warned "the segregation of low- and moderate-income people is wrong." Jane Lindsay agreed, saying that the building "will have a stigma associated with it" and is "incompatible with our present lifestyle," though the building is for people 62 years or older, with an average age expected near 70.

Reuwer argued that the building is completely in scale with surrounding ones.

The proponents say fear of subsidized housing is behind the opposition, while the citizen witnesses deny that.

The residents of the upscale golf course community along Interstate 70 in western Ellicott City want the moderate-income units dispersed in three separate locations within the large development, but Reuwer and county housing officials say senior housing works better with apartments in one building.

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