Teen club comes down for senior living in Woodridge

 
 
Updated 8/10/2016 2:01 PM
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  • Demolition begins Wednesday on the former Zero Gravity teen night club in Woodridge to make way for an assisted living and memory care facility to be managed by Cedarhurst Living.

      Demolition begins Wednesday on the former Zero Gravity teen night club in Woodridge to make way for an assisted living and memory care facility to be managed by Cedarhurst Living. Marie Wilson | Staff Photographer

  • Excavators and demolition crews are on site Wednesday at the former Zero Gravity teen night club at Route 53 and 75th Street in Woodridge. The club hosted its last party March 20.

      Excavators and demolition crews are on site Wednesday at the former Zero Gravity teen night club at Route 53 and 75th Street in Woodridge. The club hosted its last party March 20. Marie Wilson | Staff Photographer

  • The building of the former Zero Gravity teen night club in Woodridge has begun to be taken apart Wednesday be the site will be redeveloped into an assisted living and memory care center for seniors.

      The building of the former Zero Gravity teen night club in Woodridge has begun to be taken apart Wednesday be the site will be redeveloped into an assisted living and memory care center for seniors. Marie Wilson | Staff Photographer

  • A four-story building with 76 assisted living apartments and 24 memory care units for people with Alzheimer's disease or dementia is expected to be under construction within the next three months at 75th Street and Route 53 in Woodridge.

    A four-story building with 76 assisted living apartments and 24 memory care units for people with Alzheimer's disease or dementia is expected to be under construction within the next three months at 75th Street and Route 53 in Woodridge. Courtesy of Cedarhurst Living

If the Zero Gravity era hadn't officially ended when the former teen club hosted its final party March 20, it truly came to a close Wednesday.

Crews began demolishing the structure at Route 53 and 75th Street in Woodridge on Wednesday morning so the site can be redeveloped into an assisted living and memory care facility.

Cedarhurst Living, a Missouri-based company that provides senior housing, is building a four-story, 100-unit building on the 6-acre site. The facility will include 76 independent living apartments and 24 units where nursing and health workers will provide memory care for people with Alzheimer's disease or dementia.

Once the former club building comes down, the site also will have two outlots for future retail development along Route 53.

Cedarhurst chose to build there because the Naperville area needs more senior housing as residents grow older.

"We found that this area was in need of additional senior living to support the growing aging population," Cedarhurst President Joshua Stevens said in March, when the Woodridge village board approved its plans.

The company has estimated the development could be ready to open as soon as fall 2017.

As the teen club makes way for a senior housing facility, Paul Malek of Naperville, who co-owned Zero Gravity with his brother, Mario Malek, is keeping watch over the site. He said Wednesday he passes by frequently to snap new photos for a timeline of the club stretching from before it opened in the mid-1990s to after it closed.

Malek said he plans to reopen a new teen night club under a different name, but he's in the early stages of searching for a location. The club could open sometime next year, likely between June and September.

"I still get emails, 'When are you guys going to open a place? We loved Zero Gravity,'" Malek said. "The hype is already there."

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