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Senior Housing Proposed at Former Riverbrook Restaurant Site

Village officials announced Thursday senior housing could be erected in Shorewood under a proposal from a Chicago-area firm.

A senior housing development is being proposed at the site of the former Riverbrook Restaurant, village officials announced Thursday.

Illinois-based developer Pathway Senior Living LLC is proposing the assisted-living development which would house 56 seniors and include a memory care unit serving approximately 48 seniors with Alzheimer’s or other related-memory disorders.

Officials are set to discuss the proposal at the village's Community Development Authority meeting Friday morning at 7:30.

Pathway Senior Living operates 10 campuses including more than 1,200 units of assisted living and 600 units of senior apartments in both the Chicago area and Wisconsin.

The parcel at 1111 E. Capitol Dr. was from Sunrise Senior Living Inc. for $1.5 million.

Sunrise proposed a $16 million senior housing development at the site in 2008, but scraped the plans after the recession hit. The building laid vacant until would reimburse the village through a special assessment on its tax bill.

Village Manager Chris Swartz said previously Sunrise paid Shorewood back the $60,000 as part of closing the deal with Wangard.

Three developers were reportedly interested in developments including apartments, retail shops or senior housing for the site. Village officials have said they would like to see when the market improves.

The site also was the former home of the popular Pig 'n Whistle, until it became Riverbrook Restaurant in 1992.

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Sunrocket May 03, 2012 at 06:24 PM
Good point - how long will it take someone to end up in the river or lost in Estabrook.
Jory Pradjinski May 04, 2012 at 01:22 PM
But then the village doesn't care so much about safety when they can pat themselves on the back for having this built. What family who has a relative with Alzheimer’s, for example, would want them housed right by a bridge like that? Retail would liven up that site and be a good extension of the village instead of the bridge being the dividing line. Although I'm not sure how that would enhance the whole "walkable" thing.
SamanthaJones May 04, 2012 at 03:15 PM
Has anyone ever heard of any of the elderly folks that live in the apartments by Spector field ending up lost in the park or in the river? My grandma lives in a facility with it's own lake and despite her Alzheimers she's never gone for a swim. A proper senior housing will have appropriate precautions in place to prevent wanderers. I think it's a good idea and my parents don't know it yet, but it may be their future home.
N. Peske May 04, 2012 at 11:16 PM
Dementia patients are in locked areas with alarms--at least, that's the case in the dozen or so nursing home, assisted living, and rehab centers in the area I'm familiar with.
EmpthyCursed May 17, 2012 at 12:08 AM
I really wanted to see a senior housing development go there. I feel the students who live in the community could have a chance to connect with our elderly community. I remember going with the girl scouts to the old one on oakland a long time ago.It felt good helping people out and I think our schools could benifit by building POSITIVE relationships within the community.

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