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Affordable senior housing planned for New Lenox

Updated: May 1, 2014 6:58AM



It could be at least two years before a new affordable senior apartment complex opens in New Lenox, but officials believe the development will address a growing need in the area.

The New Lenox Village Board on Monday unanimously approved a special-use permit for the Horizon Senior Living complex being developed by the Chicago-based nonprofit Alden Foundation.

The 53-unit apartment complex would be built near Otto Drive and Cedar Road, which is across the street from an existing 24-unit senior housing complex operated by New Lenox Township.

“I don’t see it as competition,” New Lenox Township Supervisor Michael Hickey said. “I do see it as complementary. We share a mutual goal.”

He said Horizon should be able to offer some units at a much lower rate than what is offered at the township’s apartments, and that is needed in the area to serve low-income residents.

New Lenox village administrator Kurt Carroll said the proposed development could be back before the village board next month for approval of an agreement. But he said the developer still needs to get approvals from the state and secure funding, meaning it could be at least two years before Horizon opens.

Carroll said there were no major issues with the development for village officials or with residents. He said the developer reached out to potential neighbors and no major concerns were brought up.

“(The development) actually falls into our plan for the area,” Carroll said.



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