Plans to Build a Continuing Care Retirement Community in Harford County
Monday - May 2, 2016
Towson, MD – The Presbyterian Home of Maryland (PHM), located at 400 Georgia Court in the Southland Hills area of Towson, today announced its plans to close its Towson facility before the end of 2016. The facility was founded in 1883 and has operated in its current park-like, 4.5-acre campus since 1929.
“We made this very difficult decision as a result of our inability to maintain our aging facility, combined with a decline in occupancy rates over the past several years,” said Susan Shea, PHM President & CEO. “We’re fortunate to have had an exceptionally loyal and dedicated group of employees who served our residents with unparalleled caring and compassion. We will make every effort to help them find new employment and are committed to placing our remaining residents in the best possible facilities to meet each individual’s needs. We will assign each resident a relocation coordinator to work with them and their family to assure a smooth transition to a new home.”
In recent years, PHM’s Board of Directors began investigating the expansion of the Presbyterian Home and eventually focused on creating a Continuing Care Retirement Community in Harford County where such facilities are in short supply. After much due diligence, the Board settled on a suitable property near the intersection of Rte. 22 and Rt. 543 in Harford County, where it plans to build a new facility housing up to 550 residents. Experiencing operating losses exceeding $1 million per year in recent years and facing prohibitively expensive renovations to continue operating its existing facility, the Presbyterian Home’s leadership concluded that closing the current facility was its only option.
Approximately 50 residents are housed in the facility today. Prior to closing its doors, PHM will work closely with residents and their loved ones to relocate them to a suitable facility. It will not close its doors until every resident has found a new home.
“The new facility will allow us to continue fulfilling our mission to provide Christian-based retirement living and health care through a continuum of life in a warm and caring environment. Even with its move to Harford County, the Presbyterian Home of Maryland remains steadfast in its mission to provide superb service and to honor the values of dignity, trust and independence,” noted Board Chair, Joseph Slovick.
The Towson property is zoned D.R. 5.5 which is limited to residential purposes. PHM will not seek a zoning change when it lists the property, and its leadership will work closely with, and be sensitive to, the needs of the surrounding Southland Hills neighborhood.
PHM Board of Directors