Senior living complex in St. John may start in fall

2014-06-25T19:30:00Z 2014-06-25T20:28:22Z Senior living complex in St. John may start in fallBy Phil Wieland, (219) 548-4352

ST. JOHN | If final plans are approved as expected by the town's Plan Commission next week, construction could begin by fall on the first phase of what is expected to be a $50 million senior living complex on U.S. 231.

Providence Life Services, of Tinley Park, Ill., is finalizing plans for the proposed 146-unit independent living building, a 50-unit assisted-living facility and a skilled nursing house to serve up to 50 people.

The first phase of the project will include the 50-unit small house, the core of the independent living building and wings A and B of the independent living building providing 60 independent living units.

To be called Park Place of St. John, it will be built on a 15-acre site donated to Providence, which is a not-for-profit, multisite, senior living organization. The company operates facilities in Illinois, Indiana and Michigan as well as providing home health care and hospice to the greater Chicago market.

"We're excited about the project," Town Manager Steve Kil said. "It's an absolutely wonderful addition to the community. It will really improve the landscape on U.S. 231. We've been waiting about a decade for this to come to fruition."

The project, to be built at the entrance of The Gates of St. John, was delayed by the downturn in the economy, Kil said.

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