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Community Meeting Regarding a Proposed Memory Care Residential Facility:

Please mark your calendar for Tuesday, April 19, 2016 at 730 pm. Anthem Memory Care and the Southwest Chicago Christian School are hosting a community meeting at the Southwest Chicago Christian School at 10110 S Central Ave, Oak Lawn.

The event is open to all residents and will feature a presentation on what is being proposed as well as an opportunity for questions and discussion. Village Staff will be on hand to explain the process and facilitate the meeting.

Anthem Memory Care first informed the Village in July of 2015 of their intended property purchase and commencement of a due diligence period. Due diligence for any business looking to construct a new facility in the Village requires engineering, environmental records review, meeting with regulatory bodies, financial analysis, and site plan preparation including: landscaping, parking, façade design, and traffic impact analysis. Upon completion of these early “due diligence” steps, a business submits an application for public consideration with our Department of Community Development and Growth Management. Staff reviews the application to make sure it is complete and places it on our Planning and Development Commission Agenda for public review & comment. Notices of the Meeting are sent to nearby neighbors per local Code and on March 22nd 2016 the first public hearing to discuss the project’s merits was held. 

The meeting was well attended by the applicant’s owner and consultants, neighbors, Southwest Christian Schools, and Village officials. No action was taken by the Planning and Development Commission and Anthem Memory Care agreed to meet with  neighbors in a separate meeting before returning to the Planning Commission for formal action and recommendation to the Village Board of Trustees.

The proposed facility is a one and two story project that will provide supportive housing for Alzheimers and dementia patients and their loved ones. No clinical care will be provided on-site. The development will occupy approximately two acres of the Southwest Chicago Christian School’s campus. The site currently includes the school’s bus depot, which will be relocated out of Oak Lawn.

The proposed development will allow the school to make campus upgrades and allow them to attract a whole new generation of students.