From The Presbyterian Home of Maryland, Inc.:
The Presbyterian Home of Maryland, Inc. (PHM) announced today that it has withdrawn its plans to develop and operate The Village at Carsins Run in the City of Aberdeen which was to have been Harford County’s first Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC).
PHM’s announcement came in the wake of Harford County Delegate Mary-Dulany James’ decision to withdraw House Bill 584. That bill would have provided significant tax dollars from The Village at Carsins Run to the City of Aberdeen over the next 15 years, while establishing a five percent hotel room tax for Harford County.
“Both Harford County and the State of Maryland strongly agree this county is in dire need of a Continuing Care Retirement Community which will allow seniors currently living in this area to stay in this area, rather than being forced to move elsewhere to find the independent living, assisted living, and comprehensive nursing care lifestyles CCRCs offer,” said Susan Shea, President & CEO of the Presbyterian Home of Maryland.
“PHM is determined to build the Continuing Care Retirement Community,” Shea continued. “Unfortunately, it will not be built in Aberdeen.” PHM indicated it is already looking elsewhere in Harford County for another suitable location to accommodate its planned CCRC.
Despite nine years of intensive planning and feasibility studies conducted by both the Maryland State Department of Aging and the SAGE Policy Research Group indicating strong demand by residents and creation of a suitable financial plan for developing and operating the project, the Mayor and City Council of Aberdeen withdrew their previous support for The Village at Carsins Run.
Both the Mayor and City Council of Aberdeen had gone on record in the past as supporting development of The Village at Carsins Run. The Mayor of Aberdeen, in fact, sent a letter to former Harford County Delegate Jennings in February 2009 in which he stated, “The passage of the legislation to exempt the independent living units [at The Village at Carsins Run] from county and municipal real property taxes will allow the project to move forward.”
“The real loser here is the City of Aberdeen,” explained Shea. “The Village at Carsins Run would have meant jobs in a community that desperately needs them. It would have meant additional tax dollars because it would have paid for its own water, sewer, trash and snow removal, while offering unreimbursed, long-term health care and unreimbursed housing for area seniors who run out of funds. It would have meant construction of a $2.4 million water tank to be donated to the City of Aberdeen.”
Just as important, according to Shea, The Village at Carsins Run “would have meant that seniors, many of whom have spent their entire lives in Aberdeen, would have been able to stay in their community and continue to support local businesses, non-profits, and religious organizations. Now those seniors will have no choice but to move elsewhere if they want to take advantage of the lifestyle options a CCRC affords.”
PHM plans to return money to those seniors who had made deposits on one of the 183 independent living units to have been constructed at The Village at Carsins Run. The community, which was to have been located on 138 acres adjacent to Ripken Stadium, also would have offered 10 assisted living beds and 10 comprehensive care beds.
Plans had called for The Village at Carsins Run to break ground later this year with the facility originally scheduled to open in late 2013.