Con­struc­tion be­gins at O’Don­nell Heights site

Baltimore Sun - - MARYLAND -

Con­struc­tion has be­gun on about 70 new town­houses in O’Don­nell Heights, mark­ing the next phase in the re­build­ing of what was once a sprawl­ing pub­lic hous­ing site in South­east Bal­ti­more. The de­vel­oper, a part­ner­ship of Michaels De­vel­op­ment Co. and AHC Greater Bal­ti­more, said it ex­pects the 68 rental units to be com­plete in 2018. The first new 76 units on the 62-acre site, which once held about 900 units, opened in 2014. Half of the units in this phase will be sub­si­dized with project-based vouch­ers; the other half are re­served for res­i­dents earn­ing no more than 60 per­cent of area me­dian in­come. About 23 of the units will be open to pre­vi­ous res­i­dents of O’Don­nell Heights, a pub­lic hous­ing de­vel­op­ment lo­cated at 6301 Bos­ton St. that dated to the 1940s. The Hous­ing Au­thor­ity razed 600 units there in the 2000s, cit­ing run­down con­di­tions and va­cancy in the bar­racks-style de­vel­op­ment, which was con­structed as wartime hous­ing for de­fense work­ers and con­verted to pub­lic hous­ing af­ter the war. In 2010, the Hous­ing Au­thor­ity se­lected Michaels and AHC to lead re­de­vel­op­ment of the area, which was re­named Key’s Pointe, a ref­er­ence to the Key Bridge, which is vis­i­ble from the prop­erty. The master plan calls for 925 new units to be con­structed over 10 to 15 years, with a mix of sub­si­dized hous­ing, mar­ket-rate apart­ments and owner-oc­cu­pied units.

Tow­son nurs­ing home man­ager pleads guilty

ity pleaded guilty this week to a scheme in which he stole res­i­dents’ per­sonal in­for­ma­tion to open credit card ac­counts, spend­ing more than $70,000, the Mary­land U.S. at­tor­ney’s of­fice said. Salah Eldean Sood, 35, of Lutherville, who ran Hol­land Manor Elder­care, was charged with bank fraud and ag­gra­vated iden­tity theft, af­ter fed­eral pros­e­cu­tors said he opened credit card ac­counts us­ing pa­tients’ stolen in­for­ma­tion be­tween July 2014 and Jan­uary 2016. Sood col­lected six credit cards in the names of the res­i­dents and added him­self as an au­tho­rized user on those ac­counts to make pur­chases, pros­e­cu­tors said. Mary­land health of­fi­cials first be­gan in­ves­ti­gat­ing Sood af­ter Bal­ti­more County fire per­son­nel were called in June 2015 to take a res­i­dent to the hospi­tal, and noted that the fa­cil­ity was un­san­i­tary and that the pa­tient’s in­juries po­ten­tially stemmed from a lack of proper med­i­cal care, pros­e­cu­tors said. The pa­tient died two days later. State of­fi­cials re­voked Hol­land Manor’s as­sisted-liv­ing pro­gram li­cense on Sept. 25, 2015. Bal­ti­more County of­fi­cials re­turned to Hol­land Manor in De­cem­ber 2015 for a fire alarm. Pros­e­cu­tors said county of­fi­cials found two res­i­dents who had been left alone. Of­fi­cials found one res­i­dent re­strained in a bed and co­matose, pros­e­cu­tors said. Fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tion re­vealed Sood opened the credit card ac­counts in the names of three res­i­dents. Sood and pros­e­cu­tors have agreed to sen­tenc­ing of be­tween 48 to 52 months in prison. Sood is also re­quired to pay resti­tu­tion in the full amount of the vic­tims’ losses: $74,753.24. Sood did not have a cur­rent at­tor­ney listed in on­line fed­eral court records.

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