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Owners of Fox Valley Mall in Aurora are looking to move ahead with constructing a 216-unit senior housing building near where the Sears store used to be at the shopping center.
Aldermen on the Aurora City Council’s Building, Zoning and Economic Development Committee this week approved resolutions for final plans for the project, and also recommended a zoning change for the about 7.5-acre site across from Entrance No. 6 to the shopping mall off East New York Street.
Nat Phillips, of Integrated Development II, developer of the project for owners Centennial Real Estate, described the development as “concierge living for active adults.”
“This is an opportunity for an active senior community integrated with the mall,” he said. “We think it’s an incredible opportunity to be part of something bigger.”
The development would include 108 independent living 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 redevelopment.
It also would have outdoor pickleball courts and a splash pad, according to the proposal.
Officials said walkability is a key feature of the project.
“As we continue to develop the Fox Valley Mall we are looking at walking, safe connections,” said Tracey Vacek, a senior planner with the city. “So they will have a lot of walking paths.”
The senior housing project would be next door to a three-building apartment complex already under construction directly across from the main entrance to the mall.
Phillips said his company hopes to start construction in the fall, with a targeted opening date of late 2024.