Planning Director Gwen Wright Will Discuss Housing for Seniors at Urban Land Institute Trends Conference on April 30

April 19, 2019

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Wright will present findings from Montgomery Planning’s 2018 study of housing needs for seniors and discuss opportunities to create new types of residential designs

SILVER SPRING, MDThe Montgomery County Planning Department, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, is participating in the Urban Land Institute (ULI) Washington’s Real Estate Trends Conference, to be held on Tuesday, April 30, 2019 at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in downtown Washington, DC

Planning Director Gwen Wright will part of a panel discussion titled “Silver Generation: Changing Housing Product Opportunities for our Aging Population.” The session will examine the types of housing needed for seniors, from aging in place to managed retirement communities, and the opportunities for more creative housing solutions than those now being offered on the market.

“We need more innovative, diverse designs for housing our growing population of older residents,” says Wright. “By 2040, one in five residents in Montgomery County will be 65 or older, and one out of three will be 55 and older. This growth suggests a significant need for new types of housing and services for seniors.”

Wright will present findings from the 2018 study, titled Meeting the Housing Needs of Older Adults in Montgomery County, that was completed by Montgomery Planning’s Research and Special Projects Division in response to the county’s increasing number of older residents. The study can be accessed online.

The ULI panel will be moderated by architect Janet Meyer of BCT Architects and will include speakers Jaana Remes, an economist and a partner at the McKinsey Global Institute; Philip Kroskin, senior vice president of real estate, Sunrise Senior Living; and Michael Hartman, principal of active living at Capitol Seniors Housing.