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Arlington Heights approves one senior facility, discusses another

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Arlington Heights approved one senior care facility and began discussing plans for another on Monday.

Xilin Adult Day Care, 145 E. Algonquin Road, received unanimous approval from the village board, while Autumn Leaves Memory Care Center received positive feedback during an early review presentation at Monday's board meeting.

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Both proposals would serve the region's growing senior population.

Xilin Adult Day Care will convert the former office industrial space, which has been vacant for more than six years into an adult day care facility serving up to 100 seniors, said John Cleary, attorney for the petitioner Linda Yang.

"As our population ages there is a growing need for adult children to take care of their parents during the day, but they still need to work, so this will take care of that need," Cleary said.

Xilin Associates is a nonprofit organization that has another location in Naperville., but the group will not be requesting a property tax exemption, he said.

The day care will employ 30 employees, including a nurse to remind patients to take their medication and van drivers to pick up and drop off seniors from the facility, Yang said.

Xilin will operate Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Activities will include exercise sessions, bingo, shopping and field trips to Arlington Heights restaurants and stores.

The other facility, a live-in location for people with memory care medical issues, was only before the village board for early review, a process where board members can give feedback before the proposal goes through the formal review process. Even though the board gave supportive comments about the project on Monday, it is no guarantee that they will vote in favor of it later on.

Autumn Leaves Memory Care, which is proposed for the northeast corner of Arlington Heights Road and Council Trail, is being developed by LaSalle Group, based in Dallas, said attorney Ronald Cope. The company has three similar facilities in Crystal Lake, Vernon Hills and Orland Park to serve adults with Alzheimer's disease or dementia.

The one-story facility will have a total of 46 beds with amenities including common dining and entertainment rooms, physical therapy and outdoor recreation space. Autumn Leaves plans to employ 30 people with three shifts who will staff the facility 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Developers said they plan to have meetings with the neighborhood and address concerns about flooding in the area during the regular village review process.

Although there were questions about several issues, trustees were receptive to the plan moving forward in the regular village process.

"From everything I've seen I think it's going to be a great project," Trustee Jim Tinaglia said.

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