Non-profit Presbyterian Home of Maryland is making big plans for a new, 700-unit continuing care retirement community set on a 152-acre site in Harford County, Maryland.
The site is also the target of a single-family construction initiative under separate ownership and development plans.
The new Presbyterian Home plans to offer varied living choices for senior residents who are ages 60 and older, including apartments and single villa homes. Amenities under the plan include a wellness and fitness center, convenience market, a pub, multiple dining facilities and access to billiards, card and library areas, according to the organization.
The CCRC would be the first in Harford County, if plans to develop the site are accepted by local planning committees, a meeting with whom is scheduled for early January. Local economic development officials have already stated support of the plan, though it has yet to move beyond the planning commission.
“Presbyterian Home is an outstanding organization which has been working for several years to bring their first class facility to Harford County,” said Director of Harford County Economic Development Jim Richardson. “I couldn’t be more pleased that our citizens will have the opportunity to stay near their family and friends as they move into retirement, and know that Presbyterian Home will provide a quality, caring and healthy venue.”
It is not the first attempt at a landmark CCRC project that has been proposed for the area by PHM.
The organization previously planned a CCRC development in Aberdeen, Maryland, that would have been called Village of Carsin’s Run, on a 138-acre site, according to the Baltimore Sun.
The property was annexed into the City of Aberdeen, according to the Sun, which gave the developer access to city water and sewer facilities. PHM would pay for the extension of the city utilities for its property, wanting property tax forgiveness in exchange, a proposal which to local officials ultimately turned town.
According to the Sun report, entry fees would be set around $200,000 to $250,000 for the prospective CCRC.
The new plan is “essentially the same” as the aborted plan, the organization’s legal council told local news source The Aegis.
“It’s the same layout as that which was proposed for Aberdeen,” Attorney Joseph Snee, who represents PHM, told The Aegis of the plans.
Written by Elizabeth Ecker