Erickson Senior Living has an earned reputation around the country as a good neighbor. As part of its CEF-M (Community Enhancement Floating – Mixed) zoning proposal, we wanted to use our enhancement requirement to solve challenges and desires prioritized by the community. Over the past several years, Erickson Senior Living has held more than 50 community meetings with the local River Hill and Clarksville communities to determine what enhancements are most important to the people who live and work in the area.
As the operator and end-user of the project, Erickson Senior Living wants to ensure that the proposed enhancements are reflective of this significant community input. As a result, the proposed enhancements fall within four categories: (1) transportation improvements, (2) pedestrian connections, (3) meeting space, and (4) an intergenerational park.
The Zoning Process
Our team at Erickson Senior Living would like to thank the members of the Howard County Zoning Board, the Howard County Planning Board, the Howard County Executive, the heads of the various departments involved, the dozens of county staff members, and the countless residents who worked many, many months with us to review and strengthen the project. In the end, the process has produced an inclusive, thoughtful plan that increases access to much-needed housing and healthcare options for county seniors, and provides great value to Howard County.
Your support and dedication to this project has meant so much to our team and our company. We are very excited about our future in Howard County, and we very much look forward to being your neighbor.
The current portion of the zoning process may be complete, but we hope that our friendship and partnership will continue. Our team will keep you informed as we begin the next phase of this project, so that one day soon we can welcome the first residents to our Clarksville community.
The Clarksville community has expressed a desire for a community gathering place along the Route 108 corridor. Erickson Senior Living has adjusted their development plan to include a 5-acre park along the frontage of the property. The Erickson Senior Living team worked closely with the local community to determine what amenities are most important in this park. The current park plan is reflective of the community’s desires.
The Clarksville community has expressed a desire to have space available within the proposed Erickson Senior Living at Limestone Valley community to have meetings/congregate. Erickson Senior Living has proposed making its Welcome Center available for meetings by reservation for the larger Clarksville community when not in use by the sales and marketing team.
The Route 108 corridor currently lacks sidewalks that connect to businesses and other destinations. The community expressed a strong desire to connect the residential areas of River Hill and Clearview to the commercial core located between Linden Linthicum Lane and Great Star Drive. As a result, Erickson Senior Living is proposing multi-use pathways (pending right-of-way availability) from Meadow Vista Way to Great Star Drive in alignment with the Clarksville Streetscape Design Guidelines.
Traffic concerns within this area of Clarksville Pike is the number one issue we heard when meeting with the community. In order to address this challenge, Erickson Senior Living is proposing a comprehensive strategy to improve the traffic conditions along this corridor, including but not limited to: a signalized intersection at Linden Linthicum Lane, realignment of Sheppard Lane, and expanding Route 108 from two lanes to five in front of the community.
Issue # 1: Business traffic and congestion on Clarksville Pike
The current Clarksville Pike configuration results in a lot of business traffic and congestion, which would become further problematic in the future. Therefore, our plan is to provide an alternate and safer access to Clarksville Pike via a proposed Linden-Linthicum Lane intersection.
Issue # 2: Traffic delays at Linden-Linthicum Lane
The intersection of Linden-Linthicum Lane and Clarksville Pike results in a lot of traffic delays and backups, which are already an issue for the area. Therefore, our plan is to fund and install a traffic signal to better control the flow of traffic.
Issue # 3: Inadequate left turn lane length to enter Sheppard Lane
The length of the left turn lane along Clarksville Pike entering Sheppard Lane creates a bottleneck eastbound on Clarksville Pike, causing backups and delays, especially during peak traffic times. Therefore, our plan is to widen Clarksville Pike along the frontage to create a continuous dedicated left turn lane at Sheppard Lane.
Issue # 4: Sheppard Lane intersection
The Sheppard Lane intersection along Clarksville Pike is another concern for area residents. Therefore, our plan is realign intersection to Clarksville Pike per SHA/County criteria, and add dedicated left and right turn lanes to alleviate congestion and traffic flow.
Commitment to Sustainability
The Limestone Valley site takes into account sustainable design and construction methods. Our Erickson Senior Living team is working with Live Green Howard County to implement the best in sustainable design and operation practices. These include the following:
Sustainable Design & Construction
- Storm Water Runoff Bio-Retention
- Energy Efficient Heating & Cooling Systems
- LED Lighting
- Low VOC Carpet & Paint