Zoning officials OK new assisted-living center

February 19, 1998|By JULIE E. GREENE

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Eden PinesZoning officials OK new assisted-living center

With four assisted-living centers on the drawing board for Washington County, a Virginia company on Wednesday said it, too, plans to open such a facility.

Mayfair Management Inc. plans to open Eden Pines, which would specialize in caring for patients with Alzheimer's and other dementia-related diseases, Francis R. Nance, Mayfair's director of development, said.

The $2.5 million facility by the Smithfield, Va.-based firm would be built at 310 Cameo Drive off Eastern Boulevard. The project's cost includes the purchase of about four acres from the development group MKS, Nance said.


Construction could begin as early as May, and the center could open in February 1999, Nance said.

The 18,000-square-foot T-shaped building would be of vinyl and brick, Nance said.

Each of its 32 rooms would have about 320 square feet of space, big enough for two people, and would have private baths, he said.

The tentative price range for private rooms is $2,000 to $2,300 a month, Nance said. Monthly rates for rooms with two residents could run $1,650 to $1,950, he said.

Eden Pines would have three wings, each with its own dining room and courtyard, Nance said.

Physical therapy, a hairdresser and transportation to various activities would be available, he said.

Nance said the center would employ 30 to 35 people. He would not disclose the salary range.

Mayfair has two special care assisted-living centers like Eden Pines in Virginia, one in Petersburg, the other in Hampton, Nance said. The firm owns seven general assisted-living centers, six in Virginia and one in North Carolina, he said.

Hagerstown zoning officials Wednesday night granted a special exception for the center, allowing it to be built in an area zoned for general commercial businesses, said Matt Davis, a city planner.

Board of Zoning Appeals members William C. Wantz, Fay L. Smith and David C. Hanlin approved the exception, Davis said. Board members Anthony J. Dattilio and Clair Baker were absent.

The Hagerstown Planning Commission will consider new zoning rules for assisted-living centers at a 7 p.m. meeting in City Hall on Wednesday, Feb. 25.

Under the proposal, an assisted-living center would continue to require a special exception, whether it's to be constructed in a residential or commercial district, Davis said.

Off-street parking requirements also would be established, Davis said. Planning officials believe assisted-living centers don't require as much space for parking as do nursing homes, he said.

Planning officials feel more specific zoning regulations are needed for assisted-living centers because of the recent local boom in such development, Davis said.

Mayfair is the fifth company in four months to announce plans to open an assisted-living center in the area.

One of the other four proposed centers, to be built by Balanced Care Corp., would be a block away from Eden Pines on Professional Court.

In addition to Mayfair, other plans include:

- Manorhouse Retirement Centers Inc., of Richmond, Va., plans to build a $7 million community at 1201 Pennsylvania Ave. The center would accommodate 103 residents and create more than 60 jobs.

Construction would start in the spring and take a year.

Monthly rates could range from $1,495 to $2,695.

- Emeritus Corp., of Seattle, plans to build a $7 million community on Robinwood Drive. It will accommodate about 120 residents and employ almost 50 people.

Construction on Robinwood Commons is slated to start in January so it can open in October.

Monthly rates could range from $1,800 to $2,200.

- Balanced Care Corp., of Mechanicsburg, Pa., plans to build a $5 million community on Professional Court off Eastern Boulevard. Outlook Pointe would accommodate 66 residents and employ 40 people.

Construction on Outlook Pointe at Hagerstown would start in May, and could open in March 1999.

Price ranges were not available.

- Tressler Lutheran Services, of Mechanicsburg, Pa., and Washington County Health System plan to build a community on the Robinwood Medical Campus that would accommodate 70 residents. Officials hadn't determined the cost or number of employees.

Construction could start in May so it can open by May 1999.

Price ranges were not available.

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