Jul 28, 2014

Developer Revises Eva Mar Plan, Says 'We Are Listening'

Presbyterian Home said it planned a second public meeting about its proposed retirement community project off North Fountain Green Road.

Developer Revises Eva Mar Plan, Says 'We Are Listening'

Development plans for Eva Mar have been "reversed," project leaders said Wednesday, in response to feedback from the community.

Dozens of  residents concerned about traffic spoke out against the proposal for 301 N. Fountain Green Rd., or Eva Mar, in a public meeting that drew more than 300 people last month.

The original plan was for faith-based nonprofit Presbyterian Home to construct a retirement community in the northern 58.5 acres of the site, while developer Elm Street would build single-family homes on 94 acres to the south.

"At the urging of residents who live in that area and attended the community input meeting on Jan. 6, Presbyterian Home has reversed the site layout," Presbyterian Home said in a Feb. 5 statement.

"The original plans called for the [retirement community] to abut several neighborhoods, which led a number of people to voice concerns at the January meeting about the placement of larger buildings near residential areas," the statement said.

Presbyterian Home said it would move the retirement community closer to MD Route 543.

The retirement community would keep more than 60 percent of the lot it has under contract as green space, including walking paths and a playground open to the public, the statement said.

"We want the residents of Harford County to know that Presbyterian Home is listening," Presbyterian Home President and CEO Susan Shea said in the statement.

"The redrafting of the site was not imposed by the county. It was our decision to give up nearly 10 acres of land so that the revised layout would better suit our neighbors," Shea said.

Shea said she would be meeting with local groups as part of an outreach effort and offered her email address: sdshea@presbyterianhomeofmd.org.

A second community input meeting will take place at 6 p.m. on Feb. 24 at Bel Air High School, 100 Heighe St., Bel Air.


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