Senior-housing plan in Columbia is withdrawn

September 01, 2006|By Larry Carson | Larry Carson,SUN REPORTER

A contested plan to build 60 townhouses and 90 apartments for seniors on 18 acres near the Columbia Medical Campus off Thunder Hill Road has been withdrawn.

County Councilman Calvin Ball, an east Columbia Democrat, announced the decision Tuesday by J. Kirby Development not to go forward with the plan, which had aroused strong community opposition.

Charles Peake, a leader of the neighborhood opposition, said, "We think that's a wise decision." He added that the residents want the medical campus to thrive, but they also want it to conform to the original plans for medical offices carefully worked out when the campus opened in 1981.

Ball said the housing "is not the best use of that site. I wanted what I think is best for the neighborhood," he said.

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