County's purchase of apartments concerns Oakland Mills residents
The Howard County Housing Commission's plans to purchase an apartment complex near the Oakland Mills Village Center has some residents concerned that the community is being targeted for low- to moderate-income housing.
The commission is finalizing this month a contract to acquire Verona Apartments, a 251-unit complex located off Whiteacre Road, for $39.5 million, according to Tom Carbo, the county's director of Housing and Community Services.
"People are very concerned that the plans will increase the amount of low-income housing," said Bill Gray, chair of the Oakland Mills Village Board of Directors. "I think what they are doing is targeting and concentrating, which would significantly increase the stress in the community."
Carbo said, "There's no basis for those concerns. We don't anticipate any changes except for some minor improvements. ... It's a property we wanted to be able preserve and a project that can help the commission maintain its revenue streams."