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Chicago: Senior Living Project Granted Extension To Secure HUD Funding

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Jennifer Smith of the Russell Group and the planned senior living project area.  (Russell Group, Getty)

Jennifer Smith of the Russell Group and the planned senior living project area. (Russell Group, Getty)

A proposed senior living complex in Highland, Indiana, is progressing well, albeit with delays.

The Highland Planning Commission has granted an extension for the Russell Group to begin work on the planned development. The Post Tribune reportedThe Iowa-based developer now has until June to obtain U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development funding approval.

Commission chair Doug Turich and member Hunter Balzco were the only voters against the 5-2 decision to allow another extension of the project. Last June, the Russell Group was granted a six-month extension due to health issues and negotiations between the company and property owners.

Project attorney Jennifer Smith said the company’s financial advisers suggested it apply for funding for HUD this summer. It took until autumn to collect the information necessary for the application, and an extension was required.

Highland City Council has already approved the rezoning of Grifland-owned land on Kleinman Road, which was previously used as single-family homes. It is currently zoned to an R-3 planned use development, contingent on an agreement that the entire 20 acres will not be used for housing of any kind other than his $39 million senior living facility. Additionally, no person under the age of 55 may live in a senior center for more than 90 days unless they are the caretaker of the resident.

The project requires 70 separate living apartments with full kitchens, in-unit laundry and parking. 50-60 assisted apartments with kitchenettes and washing machines. A memory care unit with 18-20 apartments specifically designed for residents with Alzheimer’s and other dementia-related illnesses.

Multiple dining options are available for residents, including meals prepared by an on-site chef. There is also a game room, general store, library and salon. The on-site wellness center has exercise equipment and offers daily fitness classes.

— Victoria Pruitt

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