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Mokena senior living facility to open fall 2015

MOKENA – A new Mokena senior living facility promises to offer several “lifestyle neighborhoods” for hundreds of people wanting to live independently or with assistance.

The planned Clarendale of Mokena will be a three-story building at 21536 S. Wolf Road and is the first of its kind in the village. The age-restricted complex will offer three neighborhoods; 60 independent living residents, 56 assisted living residences and 40 memory care residences, as well as common areas for dining and activities.

Developers plan to open the building in fall 2015.

Mokena Mayor Frank Fleischer said construction of the $31.7 million building is needed in an area that has seen increased demand for senior lifestyle choices.

“This is definitely a project that I’ve had the most phone calls on,” he said. “People are very interested in this. We have a lot of seniors in town that want to stay in town. We’re not just sticking them into a corner. That’s a big deal for me.”

Fleischer was at the groundbreaking Wednesday for Clarendale of Mokena, along with several village and state officials. Joining him were representatives from companies involved in the building’s development, including project developer-builder Ryan Companies US Inc.

Officials could view mounds of dirt, heavy equipment vehicles and construction workers at the site of the future senior living community.

Building residency will be restricted to people 55 years or older. Residents will pay a monthly rent based upon the size and location of the residence. 

Developers plan a bistro, pub, billiards room, club room, library, living rooms and wellness centers in the development. The building also will have covered and surface parking for 125 vehicles. 

The building could serve roughly 41,000 seniors in Mokena from many different economic classes, said state Sen. Michael Hastings, D-Tinley Park. Mokena is within Hastings’ district.

“We have senior citizens that are in need and senior citizens that are well off. I think that just because you get a little bit older doesn’t mean you shouldn’t live in your community and shouldn’t have a different way of life,” he said. 

He said he sees Mokena as a growing community. 

“Younger people are moving here to raise a family because they can get a job and there’s senior citizens who want to retire here. This is where they grew up and raised their family,” he said. 

The building’s senior living community will be managed by Iowa-based Life Care Services, the third largest manager of senior living properties in the nation. Elness Swenson Graham Architects Inc. is the project architect.

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