Church proposes developing its land Assisted-living facility – MD

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by Chris Burroughs
An assisted-living facility and residential building lots are part of a local church’s expansion proposal. Rock City Church, located just off Cromwell Bridge Road near Loch Raven Boulevard, is awaiting approval – or rejection – of its plan from the county Department of Permits and Development Management.

The expansion site, located just east of the church building, is slightly over 8.3 acres and is zoned residential.

The proposed project would consist of a combined dining and 15- to 20-bed assisted-living facility, which would be built beside the church parking lot.

Also planned are eight single-family home lots around a cul de sac just east of the dining facility. The residential lots would be accessed from Dunwoody Road to the south, while the assisted-living facility would be reached from the church parking lot.

Mitch Kellman, director of zoning services for Daft-McCune-Walker, the developer for the expansion, referred all questions on the project to Mel Munk, a church member who is working with the project.

Munk could not be reached for comment.

According to news accounts in the Northeast Reporter in January, the church plans to prepare the eight lots for building and then sell them. The money would be used to fund the construction of the assisted-living facility.

At an Aug. 17 meeting between county officials and project engineers, the developer asked for a continuance to further consider county officials’ comments.

A meeting date to approve or deny the plan will be announced.

“We had a meeting over a week ago and gave them county comments to address. There were so many comments to address they couldn’t get the plan revised before this meeting. We are obliging them,” said Dennis Kennedy of the Department of Permits and Development Management.

Donna Spicer, executive director of the Loch Raven Community Council, attended the Aug. 17 meeting and said afterward that while she is not opposed to the homes and assisted-living facility themselves, some residents fear that the new residences could become group homes for troubled youth.

She cited concerns that nearby Loch Raven High School could become even more overcrowded.

There are also infrastructure concerns, Spicer said.

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