From Presbyterian Home of Maryland:
In an effort to ensure access to the most up-to-date and accurate information on its proposed new continuing care retirement community in Harford County prior to a January 6 community input meeting at Southampton Middle School, Presbyterian Home of Maryland has released answers to some of the questions most frequently asked by concerned area residents.
Traffic & Roads
Q: Will access roads to the new community run through surrounding neighborhoods?
A: Primary access to the CCRC will be from Fountain Green Road/Route 543. There will be a secondary access from Cloverfield Court. The access from Fallstaff Road will be gated and used only for emergencies.
Q: Will a traffic light be added at the entrance to the new CCRC off of Route 543?
A: Traffic decisions are made entirely by local and state transportation officials, who will review our traffic study before making a final decision.
Q: Won’t the high volume of traffic into and out of the new CCRC add to the existing congestion on Route 543?
A: On average, only 50% of CCRC residents still use a car. Those who do own a car leave the campus on average 3 days a week and tend to drive during off-peak hours.
Q: How will the addition of the CCRC impact resources such as water and schools?
A: The CCRC is separate from the single family home development and operates as a self-contained community with:
· Internal security / emergency call system
· Low traffic generator
· No school use
· Private roads / snow removal / maintenance
· Private trash removal
· Low water usage
· Transportation provided to residents
Q: Will residents of neighboring communities be bombarded with sirens from emergency vehicles?
A: Based on the projected population of the new CCRC, we anticipate only 1-2 EMT visits per month. (We will have staff on site 24 hours a day capable of handling non-life threatening emergencies.) EMT’s turn off their sirens and lights when entering the campus so as not to disturb residents and surrounding areas.
Q: Is it true that a nursing facility will be built a mere 80 feet from existing residences and that new single family homes will closely abut existing homes?
A: No, in response to concerns from residents of neighboring communities the design team is evaluating several options to increase the buffer.
Q: How will you ensure that the construction of a four-story building is not an eyesore?
A: Our campus will only use 26 of the 58 acres we are purchasing in phase one of the development, and even at full build out will use just 37 acres. We are very conscious of surrounding neighborhoods and have already identified large trees to use as screens.
Q: Wasn’t the proposed site under a farm moratorium? Did Presbyterian Home of Maryland request a zoning change?
A: No, the proposed site has been zoned for this use since 1982. We did not request any zoning changes. Any other information previously provided to the contrary was unfortunately erroneous.
Q: Aren’t you trying to squeeze way too many units on to one parcel?
A: As opposed to other senior living communities that accommodate hundreds of residents on a very small parcel (as little as 5 acres), our new CCRC will develop just 40% of our portion of the site, retaining the rest as green space including walking paths and a playground that will be open to the community.
Q: What are the economic implications of this new CCRC for Harford County?
A: According to independent analysis from the highly-respected Sage Policy Group, the new CCRC is projected to generate a net fiscal benefit for Harford County of nearly $800,000 per year and add 160 permanent jobs in the County which bring additional tax revenue and up to $15 million in annual sales for area business.
Q: Will costly entry and monthly fees mean the average person can’t afford to live in your new community?
A: While we have not yet finalized pricing, it is our goal to make our new community affordable for as many people as possible. Entrance fees will be based on the market value of other homes in the area, while monthly fees are dependent on operational costs.
Q: Will Presbyterian Home of Maryland seek tax relief to finance this new community?
A: We have not yet finalized our financing decisions and do not expect to do so until our financial models are complete.
Q: What is Presbyterian Home of Maryland doing to address the concerns of neighboring communities, residents and businesses?
A: PHM has been proactive in reaching out to area homeowner and community associations. CEO Susan Shea has personally met with each group at least once and in some cases several times, and will continue to be accessible and receptive. It is our intent to be a good neighbor and add value to the neighborhoods in which you live.
Q: Will the January community input meeting be the only chance area residents have to voice concerns about the project?
A: The January 6, 2014 community input meeting will be followed by DAC meetings for the concept plan and the preliminary. PHM will be happy to continue to meet informally as we have already been doing.
Q: How else can area residents communicate questions and concerns to Presbyterian Home?
A: PHM CEO Susan Shea is committed to making herself personally available to respond to any concerns. You can email Susan at email@example.com.
Q: Aren’t there already enough housing options for Harford County seniors? Why do we need a new CCRC?
A: Harford County’s senior population (65+) is expected to expand 47 percent from 2010-2020. While there are approximately 30 CCRC’s located throughout Maryland, there is not currently one in Harford County, which means that seniors looking to “age in place” – progressing from independent living to full nursing or dementia care without having to relocate – are forced to leave the county.
Q: How do we know that Presbyterian Home of Maryland is a reputable owner/operator?
A: PHM has been in business for 130 years and currently operates just one other senior living community located in Towson. Other facts:
· PHM is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 providing $1.2 million of benevolent care each year.
· Our mission is to provide Christian-based retirement living and health care through a continuum of life in a warm and caring environment.
· PHM also holds all applicable licenses and registrations. For more information, visit our website at www.presbyterianhomeofmd.org.
To learn more about Presbyterian Home of Maryland, please visit www.presbyterianhomeofmd.org.