Assisted living center wins site plan approval

November 03, 1998

Assisted Living ComplexBy KIMBERLY YAKOWSKI / Staff Writer

illus: KIM BAIN / staff artist

The Washington County Department of Planning and Community Development on Monday approved site plans for an 82-bed Alzheimer's and assisted living center to be built near Rench Road and Sharpsburg Pike.

Continued Care Concepts, a national chain based in Ohio, plans to build two structures totaling 46,101 square feet on 11.6 acres.

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One building will be devoted to Alzheimer's patients and will have 36 beds. The other will be limited to 46 assisted living clients, according to project engineer Russ Townsley of Fox & Associates, Hagerstown.


Assisted living centers are geared toward clients who are not in need of the level of care provided at nursing homes.

Townsley said he was unsure of the cost of the project but said he hopes to break ground before the end of the year.

The facility is expected to be completed by next summer, he said.

Patients' rooms will consist of a bedroom and living room. Each building will have a central kitchen area, he said.

Townsley told the commission that 71 parking spaces will be created and the facility will be accessed from Sharpsburg Pike.

A maximum of 26 employees will work three eight-hour shifts at the facility, which will be open 24 hours a day.

Landscaping will include maple, oak, dogwood, white ash and juniper trees planted near the buildings, he said.

Townsley said the company will seek a variance to set the building back 40 feet from the road instead of the 150 feet that is being required.

Townsley said Continued Care Concepts is building a similar facility in Frederick, Md.

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