Elgin Council may make way for senior housing improvements
By Mike Danahey email@example.com @DanaheyECN on Twitter October 7, 2013 1:18PM
Damon Duncan, executive director of the Housing Authority of Elgin stands in front of the HAE's Central Park Tower along State Street last year. The city council Wednesday will ammending the zoning for the property to allow for a $25 million renovation p
Updated: November 9, 2013 6:10AM
ELGIN — The City Council Wednesday night will consider approving an application filed by the Housing Authority of Elgin requesting approval to rezone the properties located at 120 and 132 South State St. to make way for an improved development for senior citizens.
The current residential zoning of the property does not allow the proposed development for the site. HAE also intends to rehabilitate and reconfigure the residential units within 120 South State, currently a 150-unit, eleven-story building containing affordable senior housing.
The reconfiguration involves converting 100 studio apartments to 50 one-bedroom apartments. HAE also is planning to demolish the three-story mansion at 132 South State that had been converted into an 8-unit apartment building. According to reports, HAE is considering naming the building after Bob Gilliam, the former city councilman who served on the HAE board for 30 years.
The 132 South State address will be demolished to make way for a 6-story mid-rise holding 60 apartments for seniors with a mix of studio, one- and two bedroom units. The ground level will hold HAE central offices and a retail space for lease. The unit mix also will include market rate apartment units within the new building.
The new development and rehab work will increase the unit count from 150 units within the existing tower to 164 units within the existing tower and new building. The new development will add 33 new parking stalls, including eight accessible stalls for a total of 103 parking stalls proposed on the property.
According to supporting material for the meeting, the 11-story building on the property was constructed in 1969 for the Housing Authority of Elgin to house senior citizens and was known as Central Park Tower. The adjacent building located to the north at 104 South State Street is known as Westwind Tower and was completed in 1974. Even through the latter project was designed in the same architectural style as that of the Central Park Tower, it was constructed independently of the Housing Authority of Elgin.
The project is set to cost about $25 million, and if all goes according to plan, construction will begin in the spring. Work is being funded by a combination of sources, including Illinois Housing Development Authority tax credits issued to attract private investors and Department of Housing and Urban Development money.
In a press release about the project issued in the summer, HAE Executive Director Damon E. Duncan stated, “The primary development goal of the Elgin Housing Authority is to provide quality affordable housing that rivals any market-rate development. Through our development efforts, we want to promote diversity in mixed-income and improve the quality of life for elderly residents while being environmentally responsible.”