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Construction on Johnsburg senior living housing set to begin

A developer plans to convert a former Johnsburg School District 12 building into an affordable housing complex.
A developer plans to convert a former Johnsburg School District 12 building into an affordable housing complex.

A construction project to turn the former James C. Bush Elementary School in Johnsburg into affordable senior living housing is set to begin soon.

However, a formal groundbreaking for the development, at 2117 W. Church St. in Johnsburg, will not be scheduled because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The development will be managed by Oakbrooke Corp.

In the existing school building, the administraton and gym areas will be renovated in 14 apartments, resident support facilities and office space.

A three-story wing, and housing with 54 one- and two-bedroom units will be added.

Each apartment will include a full bath and kitchen, according to a news release, and an exterior of brick and fiber cement siding will cover the wood-frame structure.

The building will have two individual elevators, energy-efficient windows and a split system mechanical and electrical plumbing package. Residents will be able to enjoy walking paths and a patio area.

"Situated near downtown Johnsburg, it is hoped that the complex will allow seniors living in Johnsburg an attractive option to remain there," according to the release.

Johnsburg School District 12 approved the sale of the defunct elementary school building in 2018, and in 2019, the Johnsburg Village Board approved the conversion of the building into an affordable housing complex.

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