By 2014, more than 200 seniors could be living in a luxury apartment complex in the heart of Perry Hall.
"I'm very optimistic and excited to start construction as soon as we can," said Andrew Teeters, senior development director for The Shelter Group, a developer planning the construction of Brightview Senior Living.
Brightview took a major step toward becoming a reality last month, when the Baltimore County Council unanimously endorsed the review process.
Starting with 165 rental units, the complex is planned for a 15-acre property adjacent to the , behind the along Belair Road. Access to Brightview is planned off the 9600 block of Belair Road, according to county documents and interviews.
Construction on Brightview is expected to begin in 2013, with a grand opening planned for 2014. Construction on 60 additional units could begin sometime after, Teeters said. The total cost of the development will likely exceed $10 million.
Its design is planned to mimic the , Teeters said.
At the request of , developers plan to make a $15,000 donation toward the restoration of the Perry Hall Mansion and a $5,000 donation toward the construction of a , according to Marks and the developer.
Rental units are expected to be priced between $1,000 and $3,000 per month, based on size, amenities and health care packages, Teeters said.
Sidewalks are planned from Brightview to local walking trails, parks and the grocery store. Shuttles are also planned to transport residents to nearby , Teeters said.
Resident will also be encouraged to take tours of the restored Perry Hall Mansion and receive home delivery from popular local restaurants like , he said.
Tony Aquia, president of the nearby Forge Reserve Homeowners Association, said he became a supporter of the project after meeting with Teeters.
"It should be good for the local economy. Something is going to have to happen with that lot, so it's nice to know who your neighbors are going to be beforehand," Aquia said.
The Brightview development team has been responsive to concerns from neighbors about lights and noise during construction, Aquia said.
"There were very open to implementing light reduction equipment ... and adding more greenery on the border of the development," he said.
While Marks recently called for the , in an effort to prevent some additional housing developments, he has expressed support for Brightview on several occasions.
Marks has often noted that the complex is not projected to bring any additional schoolchildren into the area. The project's environmental impact will also be minimized because only about half of the partially wooded property is expected to be developed, Marks said.
“I support this project because it will provide senior-only housing, will have no impact on Perry Hall’s overcrowded schools and minimal effects on traffic, and will enhance the commercial area near Chapel and Belair Roads," Marks stated in a press release.
Additional senior housing has also been a longtime recommendation of the Perry Hall Improvement Association, according to Marks.
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