Aurora City Council set to vote on senior housing development at Fox Valley Mall – Chicago Tribune

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Mar 02, 2022 5:11 PM

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A 216-unit senior housing development is proposed at Fox Valley Mall in Aurora.

A 216-unit senior housing development is proposed at Fox Valley Mall in Aurora. (City of Aurora / HANDOUT)

The Aurora City Council is set to vote on a plan and conditional use for a 216-unit senior housing development near the area where the Sears store used to be at Fox Valley Mall.

Aldermen meeting as a Committee of the Whole put items moving the plan forward on the consent agenda for next week’s regular City Council meeting, meaning they are likely to be approved.

The council appeared to look favorably on plans and a zoning change for the over 7-acre site across from Entrance No. 6 to Fox Valley Mall off East New York Street.

Matt Phillips, of Integrated Development II, developer of the project for owners Centennial Real Estate, has described the development as “concierge living for active adults.”

“We give our residents choices,” he told City Council members this week. “If someone wants a meal plan, they sign up for it. They choose their different activities. It is a really more active community.”

The five-story building, next door to three buildings of market rate apartments already being built facing the main entrance to the mall off Route 59, will be developed in a way to “integrate with the different tenants of the mall,” Phillips said.

“It makes us more than just a destination,” he said.

The development would include 108 independent one- and two-bedroom senior apartments, 84 assisted living units of studios, one and two bedrooms, and 24 memory care units.

The units would range from 300 square feet to 900 square feet.

Phillips said there would be 30,000 to 35,000 square feet of interior common areas that would include three different dining venues, a large living room with a double-sided fireplace, a fitness and exercise center, a beauty salon and card rooms.

In the back of the building, behind the memory care units, would be a large outdoor walking area that would link with the walking areas in the apartment building next door and throughout the mall area.

It also would have outdoor pickleball courts and a splash pad.

Officials said walkability is a key feature of the project.

Phillips has said his company hopes to start construction in the fall, with a targeted opening date of late 2024.