The following were among items discussed at Tuesday's meeting of the Montgomery County Council. For more information, call 251-7939.
KENSINGTON JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL -- The council voted 5 to 1 to convert Kensington Junior High School, which closed in 1979, into housing for the elderly.
The council approved a plan that transfers a 7.6-acre portion of the site to the county's Housing Opportunities Commission so that agency may begin plans for 165 units of subsidized and market-priced housing. Housing Director Richard J. Ferrara said rents for about half of the units will be geared toward "low and very income" elderly, while the remainder of the apartments will be rented at a fair market price.
Commission officials said the project will require a one-time $500,000 subsidy, but will support itself through the market price rents paid by half the tenants. In addition to completing design plans for the project, the commission will now decide on the exact number of subsized units and what the rent and amount of subsidy will be for each of those units.
The council also transferred a 14-acre parcel of the property to the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission for recreational use.
Some area residents opposed the housing project, favoring instead a park on the entire site.