TEMPLE FOUNDATION Inc., a church-sponsored organization that runs two life-care facilities in northern Virginia, has been released from bankruptcy after the residents of both facilities agreed to changes in their contracts that increase fees they will pay to keep the foundation afloat.
"We've had 100 percent success getting agreement from everybody," said the foundation's president, Preston Caruthers. "We are out of bankruptcy and now in the process of putting both homes on a sound financial basis, which these agreements enable us to do."
Temple, a nonprofit corporation that opened The Washington House in Alexandria 12 years ago and The Virginian in Fairfax four years ago, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy last February after inflation and the rising cost of medical care brought the foundation close to insolvency.
As life-care facilities, the two residences combine independent living for elderly people with support facilities and nursing home rooms in case the residents become too old to care for themselves. Most of the residents had paid large endowments upon admittance, and also paid a monthly apartment fee. Residents agreed to substantial rises in infirmary fees and more modest increases in some apartment fees.
JOHNS HOPKINS University will ask the D.C. Zoning Commission to reconsider its rejection of university plans for an addition to the Hopkins School for Advanced International Studies at 1740 Mass. Ave. NW. The commission denied the SAIS application for a planned unit development in August, saying the proposal would not provide substantial amenities to the community, as required by the D.C. zoning code.
The school wanted to build an eight-story addition on the rear of its present structure, which officials say is extremely overcrowded. If the commission agrees to reconsider the application, SAIS will reduce the planned height of the addition from eight stories to seven, a spokesman said.
In rejecting the school's proposal last August, zoning commission members said the planned addition was too big and the amenities offered, including access to the institution's library for scholars from the neighborhood and a public terrace, were not sufficient to meet code requirements.
IN THE BUSINESS . . . Restoration work began this week aimed at turning the venerable Lord Baltimore Hotel in Baltimore into a newly renovated first-class hotel that will be known as the Lord Baltimore Quality Royale Hotel. Construction is being done by the McCormick Construction Co. The hotel had been vacant for two years before being purchased by Saul Perlmutter of L. B. H. Associates in June, and L. B. H. and Quality Hotels & Resorts Inc. are overseeing the project, which is financed in part by a federal Urban Development Action Grant . . . Dominion Federal Savings & Loan has provided more than $4 million in financing to Executive Park Development Group for development of Executive Park I, an office building in Merrifield. The five-story building will have 66,000 square feet . . . McCarthy, an international construction firm based in St. Louis, has opened a new East Coast office in Rosslyn. William I. Magruder, who has joined the firm as vice president, will be in charge . . . Thirteen trainees have completed the Suburban Maryland Home Builders Association's carpentry pre-apprentice program. For the 16-week second phase, each trainee has been placed in a carpenter's helper job paying between $4.50 and $6 an hour . . . Sales are under way at Crystal Park, Charles E. Smith Cos.' new condominium project at Crystal City. Preview prices range from $81,000 to $233,000 for one- to three-bedroom units.
PERSONNEL FILE . . . John D. Heller, formerly auditor general of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, has joined International Developers Inc. as assistant to the president . . . The 1985 officers of the Northern Virginia Board of Realtors, elected last month are, in addition to President Thomas M. Stevens, William H. (Kip) Laughlin of Laughlin Inc., Realtor, first vice president; Jean Paris of Shannon & Luchs and Dorrie Jackson of Jackson Temple Realtors, vice presidents; Sandy Petersen of Long & Foster, secretary; and Pamela McCoach of Tatum Properties, treasurer . . . Patrick McCuan has been elected chairman of the board of the KMS Group . . . Charles V. Phillips Jr. has been named executive vice president and chief operating officer of Kettler & Scott Inc. . . . Robert M. Whitefield has become assistant vice president of Ivor B. Clark Co. Inc. . . . William R. Bone has joined Rouse & Associates to coordinate marketing and advertising activities for the firm's eastern operations . . . Stephen W. Heller, former president of Hahn's Shoes, has joined Smithy Braedon as a sales representative . . . Bill Blatz has joined Scott-Long Construction as director of field services, and Gary M. Concelmo has joined the firm as cost coordinator of its commercial construction program in Northern Virginia.
ON THE MOVE . . . Leo M. Bernstein has sold Riverside Towers Hotel at 2201 Virginia Ave. NW to a limited partnership headed by Conrad Cafritz for $4 million. The hotel was built in 1966 as an apartment building and converted by Bernstein after he acquired it in 1973 . . . Fred Ezra Co. has opened a downtown office at 1730 K St. NW . . . Salubria Limited Partnership has bought 57 acres of unimproved land along Oxon Hill Road in Prince George's County for $2 million. The land is expected to be rezoned to mixed-use commercial. Long & Foster brokered the deal.