Due to an editing error, an article in last week's Maryland Weekly incorrectly stated that Prince George's County Executive Lawrence J. Hogan attended groundbreaking ceremonies for an apartment building named in honor of ailing former U.S. representative Gladys Noons Spellman. Hogan did not attend the ceremony.
Construction is expected to begin soon in College Park's Lakeland community on a $6.5 million apartment building for the elderly.
The building is to be named in honor of Glady's Noon Spellman, the former congresswoman from Maryland's Fifth Congressional District, who has been hospitalized since last November. At a groundbreaking ceremony last week, County Executive Lawrence J. Hogan said, "This is a great andf fitting tribute to Gladys Spellman." Hogan said Spellman fought throughout her career for the rights of the elderly.
The apartment project is to include 41 one-bedroom apartments designed for low- and moderate-income senior citizens. Five of the apartments will be specially equipped for handicapped tenants.
The residents will pay monthly rents of 15 to 25 percent of their annual incomes. The difference between the monthly rents the elderly tenants can afford to pay and rents the project requires to meet mortgage and operating expenses will be provided through a commitment under the Section 8 housing assistance program of the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development.
The apartments are the first stage of new housing construction planned in the Lakeland Urban Renewal Project, among the remaining such projects across the country that were funded under HUD's conventional Urban Renewal Program. The program was supplemented in 1974 by HUD's Community Development Block Grant Program.
Planning for the Lakeland project began in the mid-1960s and was stalled by a series of budgetary and procedural problems until 1977, when the College Park City Council revamped the project, then convinced HUD to make funds available to complete it. Spellman worked actively to see that the money came through.
The apartments will be ready for occupancy by late summer 1982, according to the developer, Leon N. Weiner of Leon N. Weiner & Associates, Inc., of Wilmington, Del.
The next phase of planned construction in the Lakeland Urban Renewal Project includes 160 family apartments and approximately 30 townhouses for moderate-income families, Weiner said.
The Lakeland community is located off Rte. 1 north of the University of Maryland campus in the center of College Park.