Roland Park Place begins $30 million renovation and expansion

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Rendering of the new Arts and Education Center at Roland Park Place.

Saying it wants to get ready for the baby boomers, Roland Park Place is about to begin construction on a two-phase expansion and renovation that will add more residences and amenities to the full-service life care community.

Roland Park Place officials announced that preliminary work is underway and that construction will begin within the next month on the first of two phases of improvements.

The first phase is expected to cost $30 million and take 23 months to complete. The second phase will begin in the third quarter of 2019.  A price tag and completion date have not been disclosed. The property, at 830 West 40th Street, contains  267 residences. The changes will bring the number of independent living residences to more than 300. Many of the new apartments will be larger than the current ones.

“The future of Roland Park Place is upon us and we must evolve to meet the needs of our future residents,” said Roland Park Place board chair Campbell Killefer, in a statement.

“Baby-boomers will be our next generation of residents.  They are more active, more social and have no desire to leave the city and its many cultural and entertainment options. This expansion allows so many more Baltimoreans the chance to stay closer to the things that matter most, including their families.”

Cafe

“The most common remarks we hear from residents are ‘we should have moved here sooner’ and ‘moving to Roland Park Place was the best gift we could give our children,’” said Roland Park Place President Terry Snyder.

“Our residents are committed to the city and want to maintain their current lifestyles.  They are symphony subscribers or museum patrons, and Roland Park Place provides these opportunities and so much more.”

Phase one involves the renovation of the original building’s common spaces and the addition of a 4,140-square-foot arts and education center.  The second phase includes the construction of 60 new apartments atop a three-story, 156-space parking garage.

Hord Coplan Macht is the architect for the project, which has received city design approval.  Interior Design Associates is the interior designer. Whiting Turner Contracting Company is the contractor for phase one.

According to Roland Park Place, the work in phase one will include upgrades to the building’s mechanical systems as well as enhancements to the common spaces.

Changes include a state-of-the-art geothermal heating and cooling system; 26 new private rooms dedicated to memory support care along with expanded memory support programs; a 16-room area for short-term rehabilitation; updating of 15 assisted living apartments; renovation and updating of 28 private, long-term care rooms; renovations and additions to the community’s dining areas, and the new arts and education center.

Other work in phase one includes reconfiguration of the main lobby, an expanded fitness center, an updated library with “enhanced” technology, a  32-seat, multi-tiered theater for seminars, films and lectures, and original artwork by Maryland artists.

Main lobby

The independent living apartments in phase two will range in size from 822 square feet to 1,772 square feet. Phase two also will include a new courtyard terrace garden and other landscaping; a new spa and salon, and a penthouse club room for private resident parties and community events.

Ed Gunts

Ed Gunts

Ed Gunts is a local freelance writer and the former architecture critic for The Baltimore Sun.
Ed Gunts


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