A significant expansion is planned for the Illinois Presbyterian Home Communities in 2021, utilizing the existing 27-acre campus at the corner of Lawrence Avenue and Chatham Road.
Fair Hills Residence and Fair Hills Apartments currently provide assisted and independent living for seniors. Sixteen cottages will be constructed in the next phase, along with Fair Hills Tower Apartments, a three-story building, which will both provide independent living.
“We’re using the grounds that we already have; we’ve owned the land since 1954,” said development director Amy Rasing. “We feel like we’re building on history.”
Rasing noted that renovations and updates have been done recently to the existing units, “and now we’re ready to build new. We’ll be expanding, starting on the northwest corner of the property.”
Scott Cowdrey of Cowdrey & German Designed Architecture is the architect for the project, which will include 16 duplexes with garages separating the buildings. Each unit has 1,100 square feet of living space plus additional storage and a covered deck. The apartment building will have a combination of one and two-bedroom units for a total of 11 units.
Veenstra & Kimm is handling the civil engineering for the project, and Rasing said work on the road will be the first phase, which is scheduled to begin in March. Windsor Homes will handle the construction, which should be completed by the end of 2021.
“We’ll start taking reservations after the first of the year and move-ins could begin by early summer,” said Rasing. Despite the upcoming expansion, Rasing said the focus is on limited growth.
“We’re keeping it small and intimate so it’s still a community where people know everybody.”