Chesterwye Center Eyes State St. for New Group Home – Public Info Meeting April 13th

Chesterwye-Center-Home-State-StreetWith the proposed homeless shelter off the table, Queen Anne’s County and Chesterwye Center have an idea to make good use of the property, located at 325 State Street in Stevensville.

Through a joint effort between the county and Chesterwye Center, Inc. the residence can serve as a transitional home for adults with intellectual disabilities. Chesterwye provides a variety of services for more than 70 adults with intellectual disabilities and employs more than 100 staff, according to the center’s website. “Each house is compassionately staffed according to the needs of the individuals living in them and by regulations set forth by the State of Maryland Developmental Disabilities Administration,” the website explains. “We believe every home should be safe, comfortable and individualized to the people living in them. Full schedules of social activities at the house and in the community are provided based on the choices of each resident.”

Other services offered include, nursing, living skills instruction, Special Olympics participation, recreation, mentoring and group activities.

The center currently owns 9 homes in the county, and the 325 State Street residence will bring the total to 10. The residence would house four clients and have a full-time staff support.

The property was recently gifted to the county by the Housing Authority of Queen Anne’s County. The plan calls for the existing structure to be razed and a one-story home built in its staid. Preliminary drawings show a 4-bedroom home with 3 bathrooms. The building will be fully handicap accessible and ADA Compliant.

The County Commissioners are pleased to hold a public informational session 7 p.m. April 13, to discuss the new proposal. The meeting will be held at the Percy Thomas Center (Kent Island Senior Center) 891 Love Point Rd, in Stevensville. Gregg Todd, County Administrator, will serve as facilitator.

Interested citizens will have an opportunity to review the proposed design as presented by the architect, David Woodward of Manns Woodwards Studio. The County Commissioners will be available to answer questions and listen to residents’ thoughts and concerns. Additionally, Debra Langseth, executive director of Chesterwye Center, Inc., will be on hand with information about center.

Sign language interpreters and listening systems will be available for individuals with hearing impairments. Please contact Ms. Tina Miles at (410) 758-2126 seven days before the April 13 if the above described assistance is required for the meeting.

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