Enterprise Homes Breaks Ground on 83-Unit Senior Affordable Housing Project

By Anuradha Kher, Online News EditorBaltimore County, Md.–Enterprise Homes recently broke ground on the Greens at Rolling Road, a $12 million, 83-unit senior affordable housing community located at 1505 North Rolling Rd. in Baltimore county, a suburb of the city of Baltimore.The Greens at Rolling Road is designed to meet the standards of Enterprise Green Communities initiative, designed to reduce energy costs and provide a healthy environment for seniors. When completed in summer 2009, the community will feature 65 one-bedroom and 18 two-bedroom energy-efficient units.“There is an elderly population in this area that was waiting to be served,” Ron Wilson, director of Housing Initiative for Enterprise Homes, tells MHN. “The project also has nine units reserved for the disabled.” Built for low- and moderate-income seniors, the three-story building is designed with steep sloping roofs and stone cladding as well as other architectural features compatible with the early 20th century historic residences located in the community. The Greens at Rolling Road is designed with energy-efficient double-pane low-E windows, water-conserving plumbing fixtures, Energy Star appliances, energy-saving light fixtures and “green label” carpeting throughout. Outdoor amenities include a quarter-mile walking path, planter beds, a bocce ball court, an entrance porch and paved patio off the community room. Interior common areas such as a community room, TV lounge, activity room, laundry room, mail room and fitness room are clustered together on one wing of the first floor to encourage socialization among residents.The site provides easy access to neighborhood amenities and public transportation. Two large shopping centers that include grocery stores sit within a two-mile radius, and health care providers, restaurants and a thriving senior center are close by. A public bus stop is located next door to the development.“To qualify, an individual or family must have an annual income of 60 percent or less of the Baltimore’s area median income (AMI), which is now about $78,000,” according to Chickie Grayson, president of Enterprise.Rents will range from $285 to $850 a month.The development is being financed through federal, state, county and private sources, including SunTrust Bank.