December 15, 2014 – By this time next year, the first residents will have settled into their new homes at The Lutheran Village at MILLER’S GRANT in Ellicott City. More than 85% of the homes and apartments are reserved and construction is on schedule for the first move-ins to occur the first week of December, 2015.
The new community is coming online at a time when services for older adults is a primary focus for Howard County.
Earlier this year, Howard County released its ‘Master Plan for Older Adults Survey Findings,’ and is in the process of updating its master plan to enhance senior services and programs within the area. According to the findings, the areas most important to Howard County seniors are:
- availability of health care services
- recreation activities
- transportation options
- social engagement/interaction
- education opportunities
- volunteer opportunities
- intergenerational interaction
Beginning in December 2016, at least 400 Howard County seniors will receive these services as residents of a new senior living community in Ellicott City. The Lutheran Village at MILLER’S GRANT, a not-for-profit continuing care retirement community, will provide housing as well as access to on-site health care services, transportation, social activities, volunteer opportunities, and health and wellness facilities.
“According to industry studies, older adults who engage in social and active lifestyles, receive proper medical care and practice overall good health and wellness live longer and happier lives, ” said Geary Milliken, president and CEO of Carroll Lutheran Village, the sponsor of The Lutheran Village at MILLER’S GRANT. “As the newest and largest continuing care retirement communities in Howard County, MILLER’S GRANT will provide residents with activities that interest them and help them maintain an active lifestyle while having amenities and services to make their lives easier. This in turn will help reduce the demand on county services.”
As the opening of The Lutheran Village at MILLER’S GRANT approaches, the retirement community will also impact Howard County in other areas, such as:
- real estate and associated services
- community reinvestment
“Once MILLER’S GRANT is completed, it will provide employment opportunities for about 88 full-time employees and many other part-time positions,” said Steve Powell, vice president of finance at Carroll Lutheran Village. “Currently, Carroll Lutheran Village is partnering with Howard County companies Harkins Builders and Williamsburg Homes to build MILLER’S GRANT and is investing over $85 million in its construction, resulting in local jobs and an immediate contribution to the tax base.”
The real estate industry in Howard County will also see a positive impact from the construction of MILLER’S GRANT. “As residents prepare to move to MILLER’S GRANT, there will be an influx of available housing,” continues Powell. “This often generates income for the county with additional transfer tax revenue and for Realtors and ancillary service providers. It can also affect spending on home improvement, landscaping, home décor and furnishings.
As an organization committed to volunteerism, The Lutheran Village at MILLER’S GRANT will also positively impact Howard County by reinvesting in the community. “Carroll Lutheran Village is dedicated to giving back to its surrounding community. “This year, we received the Carroll County Chamber of Commerce Non-Profit Partner in Business Award,” said Brenda Becker, vice president of marketing and communications for Carroll Lutheran Village. “We look forward to establishing partnerships within Ellicott City and Howard County to continue our philanthropic efforts and be a vital part of this dynamic community.”
The Lutheran Village at MILLER’S GRANT is located at 9531 Frederick Rd. The 50-acre parcel was donated to Carroll Lutheran Village, the sponsor organization for The Lutheran Village at MILLER’S GRANT, by the Charles E. Miller family, who also contributed land to the adjoining Miller Branch of the Howard County Public Library and Ellicott city Senior Center. MILLER’S GRANT is approved for 241 independent living residences, 20 assisted living suites and 12 comprehensive care beds. More than 85 percent of the homes and apartments are already reserved. Occupancy is expected to begin in December 2015.
ABOUT THE LUTHERAN VILLAGE AT MILLER’S GRANT
When complete, The Lutheran Village at MILLER’S GRANT will be a faith-based, not-for-profit continuing care retirement community on 50 acres off Frederick Road situated next to the Charles E. Miller Library. The Lutheran Village at MILLER’S GRANT is under construction and is regulated by the Maryland Department of Aging. Reservation deposits are currently being accepted. MILLER’S GRANT participates with Howard County n the Moderate Income Housing Unit Program.
For more information about The Lutheran Village at MILLERS GRANT call 1-877-900-6618 or visit www.millersgrant.org.