Lake in the Hills Village Board to vote on assisted-living plan

LAKE IN THE HILLS – The Village Board will vote Thursday on a final site plan for an assisted-living facility made up of two buildings that will serve about 50 people.

Beehive Assisting Living of Lake in the Hills will have about 21 rooms in each building on a 3.47-acre lot on East Oak Street west of Pyott Road, community services director Fred Mullard said.

“There seems to be a growing need for this type of housing as baby boomers are becoming a larger portion of our population, so there is a good value in moving forward with this type of senior housing,” Mullard said.

The lot has been vacant since at least 2001, Mullard said. Single and multistory, multifamily housing, a single-story office complex and the village’s Larsen Park surround the property.

Originally, the project was proposed for Ackman Road, but the Planning and Zoning Commission and Village Board agreed that the location was not suitable. Developers found the Oak Street property and submitted a concept plan in May that was approved by the Village Board.

The facility will generate minimal additional traffic because its residents typically do not drive, village documents state.

This will be the first BeeHive Homes location in Illinois, according to its website.

BeeHive franchise sales director Troy Veach said each building will have 25 beds with a selection of rooms, with two beds for couples or friends, and 20 to 25 employees.

“We have a unique concept that is more of a family atmosphere rather than a large resort-style complex,” Veach said. “The smallness in nature that we have allows everyone to become a big family, and the residents thrive off that. We see their health and well-being improve due to the smallness of the building.”

Services offered would include three meals a day, housekeeping services, 24-hour security, exercise and activity programs, laundry services, social activities, emergency call systems and 24-hour staffing, according to its website.

A registered nurse will be on staff to administer medication and help with bathing and caretaking, Veach said.

Activities will be offered throughout the day to keep residents’ bodies and minds active, lessening the onset of memory problems, Veach said.

The original site plan called for an expansion of an existing office complex in the area that was developed in the late 1990s and early 2000s, according to village documents.

The Village Board is set to discuss site plans at its 7:30 p.m. meeting Tuesday and vote at its 7:30 p.m. meeting Thursday at 600 Harvest Gate.

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