New senior housing facility to break ground in Logan Village
Wednesday, 24 April 2013 11:29

The Greens at Logan Field will be built at the southern end of the Logan Village Shopping Center on Dundalk Avenue.photo by Roland Dorsey

by Nicole Rodman

Work has officially begun on a new senior apartment complex coming to the Logan Village Shopping Center on Dundalk Avenue.
    Called The Greens at Logan Field, the four-story seniors-only apartment building will be constructed at the southern end of the shopping center.
    The project will be constructed by developer Enterprise Homes, Inc., also the developer of the Cove Point senior apartment complex on Peninsula Expressway.
    The Greens at Logan Field will feature 102 units, including 84 one-bedroom and 18 two-bedroom apartments.
    The apartment complex and accompanying parking lot will occupy approximately 3 acres of land in the 10-acre shopping center.
    According to Planned Unit Development (PUD) documents, the addition of a brick facade and Tudor details on the complex have been designed to blend in with existing architecture in the area.
    In a press release issued on Monday, Enterprise Homes noted that the project will be environmentally-friendly, with a focus on green construction and energy-efficient design.
    The complex was designed by Grimm and Parker Architects and will be constructed by The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company.
    The $15.2 million project will break ground next month after more than two years of effort on the part of the county, state and developers.
    In February 2011, the project’s PUD was approved by the Baltimore County Council.
    For his part, 7th District Councilman John Olszewski Sr. has lobbied for the project.
    “It’s all from a need of senior housing in the area,” he told The Eagle last Friday, adding, “There was a piece of property in the area that was underutilized.”
    In addition, he noted, community support from the Dundalk Renaissance Corp. (DRC) and other groups spurred the council to support the project.   
    In January of 2011, the  DRC sent a letter to Olszewski voicing support for the senior center project.
    In the letter, then-DRC president Rhonda Crisp and executive director Amy Menzer wrote “We have a large number of older adults in the community .... These residents will find this housing highly desirable, since the units will enable them to live on one floor, benefit from new energy efficient green construction, common areas, a hospitality suite for visitors, and most importantly, have the opportunity to continue to age in place.”
    Likewise, as Dun-Logan Community Council president Warren Fluck noted, many members of the Dun-Logan community voiced their support after Enterprise spokesman Ron Wilson attended a meeting two years ago.
    Wilson is scheduled to speak again on the project at the next Dun-Logan Community Council meeting, held at the Dundalk United Methodist Church, 6905 Mornington Road, on Thursday, May 2, at 6:30 p.m.
    Once the PUD was approved by the County Council, the project was reviewed by the Baltimore County Department of Planning last May and the Baltimore County Office of Administrative Hearings last September.
    Approved by both offices, the project received a final green light from the County Council in December.
    On January 23 of this year, the Maryland Board of Public Works approved the funding for the project, clearing the way for work to begin a few weeks ago.
    The project will cost $15.2 million to complete, funded primarily by state and federal loans and tax credits.
    As low/median-income affordable housing, the complex will serve senior residents at or below 60 percent of the median income level for the area.
    As such, the project received the bulk of its funding from Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development  loans and Low Income Housing Tax Credits.
    The project is also being funded in part by a $6 million loan from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Federal Housing Administration.
    For its part, Enterprise Homes officially announced finalized funding  for the project in a press release issued on Monday.
    “Quality, affordable housing is greatly needed across Baltimore County as the growth rate of seniors continues to increase during the next five to 10 [years],” the press release noted.
    As Enterprise president and CEO Chickie Grayson  stated in the release, “While more than a quarter of the households in the market area are headed by seniors, there is an ongoing need for affordable senior rental homes in Baltimore County .... We are very pleased to continue developing homes that offer safety, amenities and accessibility to seniors in our community.”
    Construction on The Greens at Logan Field senior apartments is slated to be completed in 2014.