Ground broken for new senior community

Chapel Springs retirement community in Perry Hall will have 127 units

  • Ground has been broken for Chapel Springs, above, a new retirement residential community in Perry Hall.
Ground has been broken for Chapel Springs, above, a new retirement… (submitted rendering )
September 22, 2014

A groundbreaking ceremony was held on Sept. 15 for Chapel Springs, a new senior community to be built behind the Safeway at the Perry Hall Marketplace Shopping Center.

The project includes 127 one- and two-bedroom apartments with a range of affordable units.   Tenants will be seniors aged 62 years and older. 

The $23 million project will include a multipurpose community room, health suite, billiards and game room, internet cafe, fitness room, beauty salon, outdoor patio and dog park.

Scott N. Link, vice president of Stavrou Associates Inc., the developer of the project, said the Perry Hall community provides a strong market for the facility.

"The number of seniors and senior households in Northeastern Baltimore County continues to increase.  More than 30 percent of all households in the primary market area fall within our targeted senior demographic and over 1,600 of those households are estimated to also be income qualified" Link said. 

"We feel that Chapel Springs will help serve an important housing need in the area and will be a valuable addition to the greater Perry Hall community.  We are very excited to get the construction underway," he added.

Hamel Builders Inc. will be the general contractor.  Construction is expected to take 15 months.

County Councilman David Marks sponsored the legislation that led to approval of the project. 

"I supported this project because it will not only provide housing for many seniors, but it will have no impact on schools and should strengthen the nearby shopping center," Marks said.

Dennis Robinson, president of the Perry Hall Improvement Association, said the project was an example of good community planning. 

"The Perry Hall Improvement Association has advocated for more options to allow seniors to stay in their communities and remain close to their families when they are planning to downsize residences. This provides another one of those options, has no impact on schools, and will be good for local businesses," Robinson said.

—David Sturm

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