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New senior housing complex set to open soon in Chicago Heights

Robert Gawronski V.P. Development Acquisitions for Senior Lifestyle Corp. looks over architectural plans for dining room Prairie Green Dixie Crossing

Robert Gawronski, V.P. of Development and Acquisitions for Senior Lifestyle Corp., looks over architectural plans for the dining room in Prairie Green at Dixie Crossing in Chicago Heights, Illinois, Monday, January 7, 2013. | Joseph P. Meier~Sun Times Media

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Updated: February 19, 2013 11:45AM



The need for senior housing is greater than ever thanks to the aging baby boom generation.

It’s a need that is being addressed in Chicago Heights with the construction of a 100,000-square-foot, $2.3 million assisted-living complex at 1040 Dixie Highway.

The three-story structure will feature 144 apartments that will rent for as much as $3,500-a-month.

Completion of the complex, which will be known as Prairie Green at Dixie Crossing, is targeted for June.

About 130 construction jobs were created by the project. When it opens, the center will have 45 full-time employees.

The center will be run by Senior Lifestyle Corp., a national company that operates senior homes in 29 states.

Robert Gawronski, Senior Lifestyle Corp. vice president of development and acquisitions, said the company bought the vacant land, which formerly housed the Hacienda Inn, from Chicago Heights for $1.

His company was able to get a loan to build the complex with assistance from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

“It’s land that sat vacant for years,” Gawronski said. It was a wasteland next to the ballfields.”

The facility will offer supportive and health care services, he said. Financial assistance is available for eligible seniors through Illinois’ supportive living program.

Additionally, the center will feature housekeeping, laundry, transportation, medication management, three meals a day, security, and social and recreational services.

Prairie Green at Dixie Crossing also features a hair salon, media center and physical therapy room.

“There’s a lot of options out there as the Baby Boomers hit old age,” Gawronski said. “They’re a generation that expects choices.”



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