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Perry Hall Luxury Senior Housing Planned for 2014

The development plan includes donations to the restoration of the Perry Hall Mansion and the construction of a local dog park.

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.

Do you support the new housing project? Tell us why or why not in the comments.

Christie Pulvino December 14, 2011 at 01:24 AM
I think this is a great development. I also appreciate Councilman Marks requested donations for he dog park and mansion renovation and the developer planning on fulfilling is request; smart way to raise funds for Perry Hall projects in a tough economy and smart way to get the community on your side. Win win as far as I am concerned.
Emily Kimball (Editor) December 14, 2011 at 02:06 PM
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Stephanie Miller December 14, 2011 at 05:42 PM
Sounds good so far..... Although very pricey for seniors nowadays.
Karen Martin December 14, 2011 at 05:55 PM
The rental costs are way to high for seniors on a limited income. Even though I'm still working my husband and I could not afford those costs.
Jason December 14, 2011 at 07:29 PM
Karen - those rates are actually not that bad. I was paying over $4,000 a month for my grandmother's assisted living at a smaller facility in Parkville. I would say the average rate for assisted living in this area (depending on level of care) is about $3,500-$4,000. Save those pennies for the eldercare days. Brightview charges a monthly rental fee (like any apartment complex) but doesn't require large a up-front committment of $150k-$200k or more like some of the "village"-type communities.
Tom December 15, 2011 at 03:46 AM
Jay, I’m not sure if you realize that this is the rate for apartments not assisted living. You are comparing Apples to Oranges. Additionally, I live on Chapel road and as of now we have about 30 to 40 single homes on this road. I can’t imagine the impact of another 250 to 310 people who drive on this road.
Jason December 15, 2011 at 04:37 AM
Tom, the information in this story references apartments, but I assure you this is an assisted living complex with individual residential units. I met with Andrew Teeters (the lead for Brightview's development team) as he approached myself and the two other members of the Forge Reserve HOA this past August. This is actually old news to us, I can forward the site plans on to Emily for her to post. Few, if any, of the residents will be driving from what we were told and they are not seeking a new traffic light on Belair Rd. The facility will have only one entrance, Belair Rd. near the new Firestone Tire. The target competition for this facility would be places like Quail Run Assisted Living in Parkville, not places like Oakcrest Village. For residents that are able, they will have shuttles to get them to local businesses (hair salons, grocery stores, medical appointments, etc). After speaking with Mr. Teeters and Councilman David Marks, we were confident that the impact to the community will be minimal and gave Brightview only a list of a few impact items for them to consider as our new neighbors (lighting, foot traffic of employees, landscaping, etc.).
Jason December 15, 2011 at 05:11 AM
Tom, I uploaded the plans that were shared with our HOA for distribution to our community and at our last (public) HOA meeting. As you can see, there is no impact to Chapel Rd. and again, these residents will not be driving (although the 24/7 staff will have to commute to work). This should also bring dozens of new jobs to the area.
Emily Kimball (Editor) December 15, 2011 at 06:30 AM
Thank you, Jason, for commenting and also for adding the plans. It adds another dimension to the story.
Cathy December 15, 2011 at 02:20 PM
I believe Perry Hall is being misled as to what is going to be build here. First we were told that a new Affortable Senior Community will be build near the Shopping Area to help keep the stores thriven, than you say this is an Assisted Living Complex where you say, a few, if any of the risident will be able to drive, so how can they help keep our neighborhood thriving when they are unable to drive and can't walk to the stores. It seems Perry Hall will be taking care of Brightview not the other way around, We were told an AFFORTABLE Apartment complex was coming to Perry HALL. when did it all change from 60+ Appartments TO ASSISTANT LiVING.
William Lutostanski Jr December 15, 2011 at 02:39 PM
Jay, "the impact to the community will be minimal and gave Brightview only a list of a few impact items for them to consider as our new neighbors (lighting, foot traffic of employees, landscaping, etc.)." Has your HOA considered the impact of to local emergency services? Communites of this nature add significant call volume to an already stressed EMS system. All this on top of 50 new homes to be built around the same time, which will add 100 plus new residents to the area. Im not against this project, as more senior housing is needed but the impact to EMS needs to be considered and solutions implemented beforehand. I would also call into question the "Luxury" complex as what is really needed is affordable housing.
Laquita Brown December 16, 2011 at 03:24 AM
At least 25% of the units should be set aside for Section 8 tenets. Its important to maintain economic and racial diversity in Perry Hall. Not everyone can afford to own a home, but that doesn't mean they should be stuck with second rate city schools or have to deal with all the crime in the city.
Jason December 16, 2011 at 03:49 AM
It's a good issue to consider for the County Council, but since the development zoning was already approved and EMS personnel staffing is a County management function, we can only hope that some of the taxes generated on the $10M+ senior project and the proposed $20M - $25M residential project will go to additional EMS funding. I am not sure where the term "luxury" came from, but I don't think they are going for a high-end clientele, the term luxury was never used in our meetings. This may have been coined due to the confusion of standard senior apartments vs. assisted living residences. There is another development planned behind the Safeway (not related to this project) towards Chapel Rd. for low cost senior housing - I have no idea where that project is in the approval process, but I believe that property will have its entrance on Chapel Rd. Maybe Emily could inquire about that one? I think it would be helpful for Patch to work with the County to list a page of the the current zoning/development plans in the area. This is all public record so it shouldn't be a secret to the community - the Patch is a good resource for sharing this information whether you are in favor of development or not, at least you can have the chance to do something about it when you have the knowledge. As it took me 21 minutes this evening to get from the Belair Rd. North ramp at 695 to Honeygo Blvd. (5.5 miles), I am certainly in favor of down-zoning when and where possible.
Jason December 16, 2011 at 05:17 AM
Are you advocating Section 8 housing credits for at least a dozen of the $400,000 - $500,000 homes or do you want it for at least 50 of the assisted living residences? This seems like a fishy post as all of her other posts (all on different Patch sites) are only about racism or anti-homosexual comments. This comment is an exact copy and paste from her post on the Columbia Patch just 12 minutes earlier.
William Lutostanski Jr December 16, 2011 at 02:09 PM
Hope is about all you can do. The problem is that once these developments are built they impact the system forever. The system expands and so does the cost to operate the system. The Belair road corridor will recieve more and more traffic and in a few years be a parking lot every morning and evening during rush hours. So far in less then a square mile we have 50 new homes, two senior houseing projects, and a housing development going in at Chapel Rd and Cross Rd. Thats alot of addtional traffic and impact to the community in every aspect. Imagine the traffic on Chapel Rd when this is all done, and there are no plans to improve that road at all. Bottom line is we are building too much too fast. Infastructure and impact on schools and emergency services needs to be considered first before we build anymore.
thomas gary likens January 11, 2012 at 01:42 AM
well said mr,lutostanski i've lived on chapel rd. my whole life and they have ignored making improvments and its not right they make stupid remarks like they don't want to take away the integrity of the the road what acop out.!!t.g. likens 64 year resident of chapel rd.
Parkvillehoney March 05, 2012 at 08:02 PM
I believe in diversity. The problems remains when residents don't know how to live in middle class family oriented neigborhoods. My Section 8 neighbors still have weekend parties, with loud music, screaming profanity and fighting in the street until the wee hours of 6AM in the morning. The neighborhood will be working with the police and the county department that handles the rental license for this landlord. It is a shame that people are given the chance to live in a great middle class neighborhood but make their neighbors life miserable.
thomas gary likens March 05, 2012 at 08:49 PM
There is a senior apt. development that will exit chapel rd. its chapel springs .Iguess the good old boys will SPRING that on us later!!!!!p.s wheres that traffic going to go.
Tim March 05, 2012 at 09:07 PM
So THIS is why we're getting a billion pharmacies. *groan*
thomas gary likens March 05, 2012 at 10:37 PM
boy thats really big of them we20000.00 for a dog park and mansion they get a 10,000,000.00 dollar complex approved .way to go council at that rate we will run out of things to give away.!!!!
carol goldsmith October 12, 2012 at 12:47 AM
Carol I don't understand what kind of money these communities think we seniors have. My husband and I are looking for housing now, the only thing we can afford is so small, its would be like living in a box. We need affortable housing that we can purcase a feel human at the end of our lives.
verna m smith May 29, 2013 at 07:28 PM
I'm very interested but rent is much to high for Perry Hall seniors. We are not looking for another Oakcrest. I have lived in this area a long time and the people are down to earth average people. We are not interested in luxury so much. You need to rethink the price.
Shirley Branch August 16, 2013 at 09:56 PM
My husband and I moved to Perry Hall in 2011. We are renting a two bedroom, two bath apt. The size is not bad, but it's just not working out for us. The rent goes up every year and the service goes down. It's really not geared for Seniors. I don't think 1,000 is to bad, it depends on what your getting for it.
SAC October 25, 2013 at 09:52 PM
VERY DISAPPOINTED! We purchased our home 5 years ago (for a lot more that we will get now). Did all the research and found that there were 6 single family homes to be built in the distance behind our home. Of course big business comes along and offers a few bucks to the county to gain approval and bam! ... we now have a huge apartment complex (that will reach high above the forest buffer, talk of section 8 and trails and a dog park for all of the barking dogs or criminals to come into our neighborhood. Just what we had always dreamed of. Went to several of the pre-development meetings and voiced our concerns...the builder had nothing to offer us! Funny how reviewing the site plans that were mailed a year ago have nothing but MAJOR proposed modifications to the standards for the single family dwelling that was orig on the books. They have begun building Brightview and it is HUGE...now everytime we come home our stomachs turn. Can't wait for the other 2. So unfair. Maybe the seller or the county can offer me $20,000 to make up for the loss in value my home will have once the building goes up. Or maybe they can spend that on 60ft evergreen trees to block from view.

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