Vernon Hills officers have given the go-ahead for an in depth assessment of a proposed luxurious senior housing constructing as a brand new component within the ongoing $252 million redevelopment of Hawthorn Mall.
However the idea for 162 models in a six-story constructing north of Hawthorn Row — the previous Sears house — and east of the AMC Theater is predicted to face questions on constructing top and different issues.
“From an aesthetic perspective, I am getting the impression that individuals aren’t essentially 100% thrilled that it is considerably increased than Hawthorn (Row),” village Trustee Craig Takaoka mentioned throughout a current presentation.
The senior housing plan would come with 82 unbiased, 60 assisted and 20 memory-care models. It will characteristic facilities like plazas accessible to most people designed to combine with Hawthorn Row, the centerpiece of the mall redevelopment.
Building of Hawthorn Row, described as a brand new Primary Avenue-style entry to the normal mall at routes 60 and 83, is taking form. It should embrace 313 luxurious flats, 83,342 sq. toes of business house, a 12,500-square-foot patio for public leisure and different actions, and a 570-space parking storage.
Centennial Actual Property is the retail and grasp plan developer for what is named Hawthorn 2.0. The senior dwelling facility is being superior by Built-in Improvement of Northfield, which has achieved residential tasks all through the suburbs, together with the Sheridan at Inexperienced Oaks.
Matt Phillips, president and CEO of Built-in Improvement II, mentioned the proposed 2.75-acre web site was the smallest of the three thought of on the mall property.
“One of many issues that actually attracted us to this chance was being a part of a grasp redevelopment of the mall,” he mentioned. “In the present day’s seniors, who’re extra lively than ever, actually need to be in communities the place they will stroll to factor and be half of a bigger group.”
Parts would come with a coated courtyard entrance, decrease and higher plazas, terraced areas, a “monumental stair” and probably a water characteristic to miss the brand new mall growth.
“We actually needed to be a part of that thrilling and dynamic new growth there,” mentioned James Moyer, principal at SAS Architects & Planners of Northbrook. “We need to create an amenity to the mall and have one thing that was dynamic and kinetic.”
Trustee Michael Schenk requested whether or not there had been different plans for the location.
Jon Meshel, Centennial senior vice chairman, mentioned a senior dwelling facility wasn’t a part of the earlier web site plan however “the market type of got here to us.” The realm might have been used for a lodge, however “senior housing is unquestionably warranted from a market standpoint,” he mentioned.
Phillips mentioned that regardless of a lot of senior amenities in Vernon Hills, there’s a lack of higher-end provide.
Schenk requested whether or not Centennial is worried the top end result would look an excessive amount of like a residential as an alternative of business space.
The housing would “activate the campus” and there may be ample house for open air retail makes use of, together with the previous Carson’s house, Meshel replied.
“We’re persevering with to guage how we will try this in a method that is complimentary to what’s there immediately and can fulfill market demand,” he mentioned.
Subsequent up for the proposal is an in depth employees assessment, together with its top and different questions raised by the village board, adopted by a public listening to earlier than the village’s advisory planning and zoning fee.