Construction begins on subsidized housing units

March 22, 2006|By LARRY CARSON | LARRY CARSON,SUN REPORTER

To help lower-income working families, construction is starting on an $11 million, 84-unit apartment complex off U.S. 1 in Elkridge - the first new, subsidized units in the county in years.

Called Port Capital Village, the eight-building complex will offer two- and three-bedroom units for rents ranging from $528 to $975 a month, based on income. The units are intended for families earning between $20,000 and $45,000 a year.

The first units should be complete within a year.

The complex is next to the 243-lot Aladdin Village mobile home park, north of Route 175, where residents are awaiting word on when their park will close for redevelopment.

John S. Randolph, development associate of the Ingerman Group, a Wilmington, Del.-based builder, said half the units would be 875-square-foot, two-bedroom apartments, and the other half would be 1,117-square-foot, three-bedroom units.

"We've already gotten calls from people in Aladdin Village" looking for an affordable apartment in Howard County, he said.

On Monday, as earthmovers and bulldozers prepared the land for the buildings, county, state and federal officials gathered for a celebratory groundbreaking.

"We need to do more of this," said County Executive James N. Robey, adding that affordable housing is not necessarily a $250,000 house.

"This is really affordable housing for people coming into the county and getting started," he said.

County Council Chairman Christopher J. Merdon said the new units are "a symbol that Howard County welcomes families of all income levels" and the diversity that it brings.

"It's a great project," he said.

larry.carson@baltsun.com

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