After lengthy delays, the Department of Veterans Affairs just announced it has terminated the current plan to develop a veterans facility at Fort Howard in Baltimore County. Team Maryland, including Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-MD), Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), and Baltimore County Executive Jim Smith (D-MD), support the VA’s search for a new developer committed to creating a high-quality, affordable community for Maryland veterans and their families.
Fort Howard Senior Housing Associates LLC, the developer, broke ground more than three years ago. The first phase of the $180 million public-private partnership for the continuing care retirement community geared toward Maryland veterans was slated to be complete this year. Construction has stalled after disagreements over cost, size, and local transportation needs.
"I am hopeful that the Veteran’s Administration will be able to reach an agreement with a new developer for the Fort Howard project in the near future," stated Baltimore County Executive Jim Smith (D-MD). "I am confident that there are developers who will be able to work with the community and Baltimore County to create a quality living environment for our veterans who have done so much for their country."