The following was among actions taken at the Dec. 12 meeting of the Arlington County Board. For more information, call 558-2261.

RETIREMENT HOME -- The board approved in concept a request by Sunrise Retirement Homes to build a $15 million retirement complex for the elderly on the site of Calvary Church of the Nazarene, which will be torn down.

The four-acre site is in a residential area at Wilson Boulevard and North Manchester Street.

The board's final approval is contingent on an amendment to the county's zoning ordinance that would allow the complex to be defined as an institutional home, which is permitted in residential areas under current zoning regulations.

Sunrise applied for a special use permit asking that the home be defined as institutional, but county officials questioned whether the complex could properly be considered an institutional home since more than half of the units would be equipped with kitchens -- a characteristic more typical of apartments.

To allow the complex to be built, the board must amend the zoning ordinance to allow retirement homes that are defined as institutional homes to have kitchens in up to 75 percent of the units as long as there is a central dining room for all residents.

With the amendment, facilities such as the Sunrise complex would be defined as institutional homes and would be allowed with special use permits.

Sunrise Retirement Homes President Paul Klaassen said the complex would serve elderly residents who can no longer live independently, but who do not require fulltime nursing care. Residents would live in an apartment-like setting, but at least one hot meal daily would be provided for them.

Klaassen said his company plans to tear down the church and build three buildings containing a total of 176 units.

He said the new complex could be ready for occupants by late 1989. The board is expected to decide on the project and the necessary zoning change on Jan. 23.