Builders See Need for Affordable Senior Housing Waiting Lists for Apartments Grow in Lake County
Korecki, Natasha, Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)
Byline: Natasha Korecki Daily Herald Staff Writer
Lake County's senior housing market
Housing developments are springing up throughout Lake County in response to the growing senior population. Some proposed or recently built senior developments
- Gurnee: Recently constructed a 60-unit senior housing facility on Grand Avenue. It is now completely full.
- Grayslake: Approved preliminary sketches this week for a 410-unit senior housing development at Drury Lane and Rollins Road .
- Lake Zurich: Developers hope to build a 100-unit complex on Old South Rand Road, but village officials so far have rejected the proposal. It would be for low-income seniors.
- Mundelein: Village officials are considering an adult-only housing complex near Midlothian Road and Route 60/83. It would consist of 36 single-family homes for people 55 years and older.
- Vernon Hills: The village board recently approved a 287-unit, resort style facility for the east side of Route 21, south of Route 60.
Source: Daily Herald interviews; The Habitat Company
When a 60-unit senior housing complex opened in Gurnee in early 1997, area seniors had to fight to find a spot.
The 150 units at Grand Oaks Apartments were filled almost immediately, and the lower income units now have a 3- to 6-year waiting list.
With more than 65,000 people over the age of 60 in Lake County, the percentage of seniors in the county has grown by more than 26 percent in the last 10 years.
However, while the senior population has continued to grow, their housing has been lagging - and developers have certainly noticed.
During the last year, senior housing projects have either been proposed, rejected or are under way in Antioch, Gurnee, Highland Park, Lake Forest, Lake Zurich, Lindenhurst, Mundelein and Vernon Hills.
"Developers have seen that it's a growing population that needs to be addressed," said Taterial McClendon, community development planner for the county's planning department.
In January, Vernon Hills approved construction of a resort-style, 287-unit senior housing facility on Milwaukee Avenue.
Mundelein is moving forward with plans for 36 single-family homes for people 55 years and older near Midlothian Road and Route 60/83.
Tuesday, Grayslake approved preliminary sketches for a 410-unit senior housing development at Drury Lane and Rollins Road.
And Habitat Company representatives say they plan to re-propose in early March a 100-unit low-income senior housing complex on Old South Rand Road in Lake Zurich. …