Crystal Lake soon will be home to a new senior center.
DKI, a development company based in Chicago, has received approval for a new senior housing project at 355 Station Drive, according to a news release from city planner Elizabeth Maxwell.
The City Council voted on the matter Monday night. The developer plans to construct the 60-unit Residences of Crystal Lake on 7½ acres.
“The facility is carefully designed to provide a comfortable living experience with high-end trim carpentry, including crown molding, vaulted ceilings, chandeliers and artwork,” Maxwell said. “The residents will also have access to a theater room, community area, café, library, game room, fitness room and individual storage areas.”
The site layout also includes a gazebo, patio, pergola, walking paths and “substantial green space” for the residents, according to city documents.
The apartments are a mixture of one- and two-bedroom units, each with individual kitchens.
Because the complex will be centered in the city’s business park, Maxwell said it allows residents easy access to medical, retail and social services.
“The architecture will blend well with the business park area, but still represent a very residential feel,” she said. “The exterior facade is a combination of stone and fiber cement board. The roof uses both architectural shingles and a metal-standing seam roof to highlight the tower elements.”
The site will have 67 parking spaces, including seven handicapped-accessible spaces. The spaces are spread around the site, as there are multiple entrances to allow residents to park close to their unit. The developer also will contribute 10 percent of the cost for a new traffic signal at Congress Parkway and Exchange Drive, according to city documents.
The project qualified for Illinois Housing Development Authority tax credits. Construction is planned for early spring.
DKI officials were not available to comment Wednesday. The company also has worked on senior apartments near Village Hall in Lake in the Hills and near Wentworth Drive south of West Algonquin Road in Algonquin.
“We’re very supportive of it, and we know that there is a need for senior housing in the area,” Maxwell told the Northwest Herald. “[DKI] owns several other senior housing developments. ... They’ve been around for quite some time and have other residential projects in the area similar to this.”
Maxwell said she does not yet know how much the units will cost.