An assisted living center with space for 96 units is on its way to north Naperville near Nike Park.
The city council Tuesday night annexed a nearly 6-acre property at the northwest corner of Mill and Commons streets and gave the necessary zoning approvals for the facility to be built.
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To be called HarborChase of Naperville, the two-story, 92,887-square-foot assisted living center will help meet a need in the area for convalescent housing and memory care, said Bill Novack, director of transportation, engineering and development.
The city council approved the development unanimously.
"It's a need in our community and hopefully it will work out well," Novack said.
Two residents who spoke before council approval of the nursing home discussed traffic in the area and plans for streets to be constructed on the land, which formerly was part of unincorporated DuPage County.
The development proposes entrances on Commons Street and West Street with a third entrance on Mill Street to be built later when the vacant property north of the assisted living center is developed, Novack said. Residents including Fran Bixler, president of the homeowners' association for the nearby Century Farms subdivision, said they were concerned the future Mill Street entrance would create too easy of an east-west route between Mill Street on the east and Conestoga Drive on the west that would attract extra traffic.
Novack said the future Mill Street entrance would not result in a direct route between Mill and Conestoga but would be a street with a bit of a jog or a curve.
"It will be interconnected, but it will not be a straight shot," Novack said.
Bixler also asked for a traffic study to be conducted and a signal to be installed, especially because kids from her neighborhood might try to cross the street at the future Mill Street entrance to go to Nike Park.
Novack said a traffic study is being conducted, but vehicle counts likely will not be high enough to warrant a traffic signal.
Aside from traffic worries, Bixler said HarborChase representatives had been responsive to neighborhood concerns. She thanked them for their consideration of requests such as adding more plants near a water detention pond to act as a natural barrier to children.