Supportive living senior project back to square one in Lake Zurich

 
 
Updated 12/12/2014 2:12 PM
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  • Pathway Senior Living proposes a 120-unit supportive living facility in Lake Zurich. This is Victory Centre in Vernon Hills, a Pathway development open since 2012

    Pathway Senior Living proposes a 120-unit supportive living facility in Lake Zurich. This is Victory Centre in Vernon Hills, a Pathway development open since 2012 Daily Herald file photo

A senior complex proposed for Lake Zurich's north side is headed back to the starting line.

Des Plaines-based Pathway Senior Living wants to build the three-story, 120-unit facility on part of six acres at the northwest corner of Rand Road and Samantha Lane, north of Route 22.

But citing an inability to strike an agreement with an adjacent property owner so an emergency access road could be built for the facility, Pathway representatives said they intend to shift the project elsewhere on the site.

Village board members recently agreed to allow Pathway to start over by bringing a fresh proposal before the advisory plan commission. The plan commission would make a recommendation to the village board, which has the final say on issues.

Building and Zoning Manager Daniel Peterson said Pathway was unable to reach a deal to build the access road on land owned by the Flint Creek townhouse development. He said the sides failed to reach agreement in a negotiation that covered about three months.

Pathway executive Robert Helle said the supportive living project would be designed so the Flint Crossing land won't be needed.

"Unfortunately, that has required significant changes to our building and site designs," Helle told village officials.

During a public hearing in August, Lake Zurich plan commissioners heard resident concerns about noise and additional traffic regarding the Pathway project.

If constructed, Pathway's Lake Zurich facility would provide three daily meals for residents, 24-hour-a-day nurses, housekeeping and social programs.

Helle said Pathway's facility would classify as affordable under federal and state regulations, meaning 25 percent of the 120 units would be rented to people with annual incomes of $26,000 or less.

Plans also call for walking paths, sitting areas and landscaping on the property near Flint Creek. Residents would have access to a bus at the facility for shopping and other excursions.

Monthly rent would be roughly $3,000 for Medicaid clients and $4,200 for those who pay on their own.

Pathway has operations across the Chicago area, including the 231-unit Victory Centre of Vernon Hills on Phillip Road. Pathway opened in Vernon Hills in 2009 after village officials cited a need for affordable senior housing.

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