By Rick Banas of Gardant Management Solutions
A contingent of city, county, state and federal officials gathered together Friday for a ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark the opening of an affordable assisted living community in the Lawndale neighborhood of Chicago.
The Montclare of Lawndale Supportive Living community is designed to serve adults 65 and older of virtually all incomes who need some help to maintain their independence. The $27.7 million development houses 120 private studio and one-bedroom apartments.
After officials had the opportunity to walk through the community, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel commented about the “beautiful home we just saw” and the importance of housing for seniors.
“I feel great being here,” said U.S. Congressman Danny Davis. “If I were looking for an apartment, I would want to move in right away.”
Congressman Davis emphasized the importance of the federal tax credit program for low-income housing, which was key to the development of Montclare Supportive Living.
“Wow,” added Cook County Commissioner Dennis Deer. “We are getting ready to take care of our seniors really well.”
The community brings excitement and energy to North Lawndale, noted 24th Ward Alderman Michael Scott Jr.
Also among the officials in attendance was Illinois State Rep. Arthur Turner Jr.
The Montclare was developed by MR Properties of Des Plaines, Illinois, and is being managed by Gardant Management Solutions.
The building was designed by Worn Jerabek Architects of Chicago. It was built by Joseph J. Duffy Company and Safeway Construction Company, Inc., both of Chicago. Midland States Bank, Cinnaire and Love Funding were involved in financing the project.
By combining residential apartment home living with the availability of personal assistance, help with medications and support services, the Montclare provides a wonderful alternative to nursing home care or to struggling alone at home.
With the community being certified to operate through the Illinois Supportive Living Program, it can serve older adults who are on or would qualify for Medicaid.
Each of the apartments features a kitchenette and spacious bathroom with shower and grab bars. Support services include three meals a day plus snacks, housekeeping and laundry services.
Residents will also benefit from all of the opportunities that are available to socialize with friends and neighbors and can participate in social, recreational, educational and wellness activities and events.
The Montclare is one of four affordable assisted living communities that Gardant manages in the City of Chicago. The other communities are Churchview Supportive Living at 2626 W. 63rd St; Heritage Woods of Chicago at Fulton and California; and New City Supportive Living at 47th and Ashland.
For more information about the Montclare of Lawndale Supportive Living community, call 773-277-0288 or visit their website.