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Senior apartment plan moving forward in Batavia

Windmill Manor would provide rent-restricted units

BATAVIA – A proposed affordable senior apartment project could be ready for tenants by the end of next year. Plans for the 80-unit Windmill Manor development at 2400 Hawks Drive, Batavia, are moving through the city’s approval process.

Residents of the complex must be age 55 or older, and most would pay rent below the market rate.

Batavia city aldermen tentatively approved the project at a committee meeting Oct. 4, and are poised to take a final vote Oct. 17.

Developer Chris Tritsis is eager to begin site preparation work this fall, before winter progresses in order to be in a position to complete construction at the end of 2017.

That would be possible, city planning and zoning officer Joel Strassman said, provided the developer records the age-restriction covenant.

The Iowa-based developer, doing business as JNB Batavia, wants to build the three-story apartment building on a 4.5-acre site on the south side of a curving section of Hawks Drive just west of the Batavia Wal-Mart store, near Dreyer Medical Clinic.

The plan calls for 60 one-bedroom apartments, and 20 two-bedroom apartments, plus a basement apartment for an on-site manager.

Of the 80 apartments, eight would be rented out at the market rate. The remaining 72 would be rent-restricted, as the developer would be receiving a tax credit from the Illinois Housing Development Authority.

Mayor Jeff Schielke, taking note of the state’s financial woes, asked Tritsis during the committee meeting if his firm is confident that it has its funding locked up from the IHDA.

Tritsis said the tax credit his firm would receive from the IHDA has been approved and would not be affected by the state’s ongoing budget battles.

The one-bedroom units would rent for $800 a month, Tritsis said, while the two-bedroom units would be $940 a month.

The income limit for residents living in a rent-restricted apartment would be $37,000, Tritsis said. The apartments would remain rent- and age-restricted for 30 years, he said.

The project is to receive variances on the building height and the parking requirement, as first approved by the Batavia Plan Commission.

The masonry building would stand at most 47 feet tall, 2 feet higher than allowed under city code, depending on the final grading of the sloping topography. The parking lot would have 115 vehicle spaces, rather than the 137 specified for a development of that size.

Each apartment in the L-shaped building would have an exterior balcony and be cable-ready, along with offering a fully equipped kitchen and wireless internet.

The building will include a main lobby, as well as community, exercise, craft, computer and multimedia rooms, plus sitting areas, a library and beauty salon, Tritsis said.

The apartments will have vinyl or laminate floors in the kitchen and bathroom, and wall-to-wall carpeting in the living room and bedrooms, Tritsis said.

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