Once built, the Deer Path Supportive Living Community is expected to add a new dimension to the Huntley housing market by offering on-site care to a younger segment of the disabled adult population.
Ledcor Construction this week broke ground on the $27.1 million project at 12500 Regency Parkway that includes 128 apartments for physically disabled adults between the ages of 22 and 64. There are few developments like it in the state, officials said.
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The community is meant for residents who need help with some aspects of daily living.
Future residents could, for example, include people who were injured in car or motorcycle accident, injured military veterans and other people with physical disabilities.
"Our market analysis showed that the Huntley area and McHenry and Kane County ... really needed this kind of facility to serve the physically disabled adult population," said Zach Leonard, owner of Bravo Properties LLC, which is based in Oak Brook and is developing the community. "There is nothing like that in this area."
There will be nurses around the clock and the program is designed so that people come and go as they please and live independently as much as they can.
Amenities include Wi-Fi throughout the building, a library, a recreation room, various therapy and clinical rooms, raised planters for wheelchair-accessible gardening, a fitness center, a barbershop and beauty salon and a movie room.
"They don't feel like they're being hovered over or (getting) too much attention," Leonard said. "The idea is to maximize independence, but to provide support."
It costs $3,000 a month to live there and the fee incudes rent and on-site services. Most of the residents are expected to be in the low- to moderate-income range and likely will qualify for Medicaid, which would help pay some of the freight, Leonard said.
BMA Management will be responsible for screening tenants and running the building. That Centegra is building a new hospital in Huntley in a few years provides synergy, Leonard said.
"A lot of times, hospitals refer people that would need the type of living and services that the Deer Path will offer," he said.
Construction is expected to be completed by the middle of next July, said Greg Kolinski, Ledcor's regional director of business development.