From Presbyterian Home of Maryland:
The revised plan flip-flops the placement of the retirement community and single family homes planned for a 105-acre site in Bel Air.
In response to concerns raised at a January Community Input Meeting, Presbyterian Home of Maryland, a faith-based not-for-profit organization, has revised its plans for the development of the first continuing care retirement community (CCRC) in Harford County on the Eva Mar property located on N. Fountain Green Road (Route 543) in Bel Air near Churchville Road.
At the urging of residents who live in that area and attended the Community Input Meeting on January 6, Presbyterian Home has reversed the site layout, relocating its CCRC to the front of the site, closer to Route 543, and moving the single-family homes planned by Elm Street Development to the back of the plot. The original plans called for the CCRC to abut several neighborhoods, which led a number of people to voice concerns at the January meeting about the placement of larger buildings near residential areas.
The new plans show that the CCRC will continue to retain more than 60% of the lot it has under contract as green space, including walking paths and a playground that will be open to the community.
“We want the residents of Harford County to know that Presbyterian Home is listening,” said Presbyterian Home President and CEO Susan Shea. “The re-drafting of the site was not imposed by the County. It was our decision to give up nearly 10 acres of land so that the revised layout would better suit our neighbors. Ultimately, we believe this CCRC will provide wonderful benefits for the entire community. Harford County’s senior population is expected to expand by 47% from 2010-2020 and our state-of-the-art facility provides options for residents who want to age in place.”
Harford County Director of Administration Mary Chance agrees with the need for a CCRC in Harford County, saying, “We want our seniors to be able to retire and live in the community where they raised their children and where their grandchildren live rather than having to move out of the county. That’s why for years, Harford County government has supported the concept of bringing a continuing care retirement community to our area. We consider it to be a necessary and important amenity for a vibrant community.”
There will be a second Community Input Meeting on February 24, 2014 at 6 p.m. at Bel Air High School. Additionally, Presbyterian Home of Maryland President and CEO Susan Shea will be meeting with all neighboring community groups and homeowners associations in advance of the February community input meeting, and will conduct ongoing outreach to area residents. To schedule an appointment or request information prior to the meeting, Ms. Shea can be reached directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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