Senior home gets a public hearing

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By Nona Tepper

A hearing on a proposed senior home on Harlem will take place at 7:30 p.m. on Aug. 30 at River Forest Village Hall, 400 Park Ave. 

The Development Review Board will hear plans from developer Senior Lifestyle and the Kaufman Jacobs investment firm about building a high-end senior living home at 800, 814, 818, 822 and 826 N. Harlem Ave. The developer has not yet bought the three single-family homes, but all property owners have sent letters to the village, essentially offering their consent for Senior Lifestyle to build. 

TCF National Bank, the owner of 800 N. Harlem Ave., and Kaufman Jacobs likewise signed a memorandum on the property on April 16, according to property records. TCF has since moved into 601 N. Harlem Ave., in the old Byline Bank office. 

Developers aim to build a four-story senior care community, consisting of 125 assisted and memory care living units, according to the application. The proposed design is inspired by "early Prairie Style," and its first three stories will consist of brick with the final story covered in light-toned wood panels, the application said. The facility will consist of mostly one-bedroom units, with an average assisted-living unit price of $5,500 per month, and the average memory-care unit running $6,800 per month. 

Developers estimate it will generate about $500,000 in annual real estate taxes for the village once it's built. 

"Such facilities will accommodate both local aging residents who do not want to leave the community in which they feel most comfortable, and younger residents who want to relocate aging parents or other relatives to a more proximate, comfortable living environment," the application reads. 

The application is available at village hall or online at www.vrf.use/chicagoandharlem.

Nona Tepper

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