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Anticipation mounts for newly approved Batavia senior apartment project

BATAVIA – No one has turned a spadeful of earth yet, but senior citizens already are mulling a move into an affordable apartment project in Batavia.

They won’t be able to move in for at least a year, but they can start planning, after the Batavia City Council voted final approval for the development at its Oct. 17 meeting.

News stories about the 80-unit Windmill Manor project at 2400 Hawks Drive have generated calls to Batavia Mayor Jeff Schielke from people expressing interest in living there.

“They’re already knocking on the door,” Schielke said about the complex, where residents must be 55 or older and most would pay rents below the market rate.

Seventh Ward Alderman Dave Brown has received similar calls, as the project is located in his ward. Brown said the apartments being within walking distance of the Wal-Mart store is a plus.

“This is certainly something we need in this town,” Brown said.

Developer Chris Tritsis of JNB Batavia plans to begin grading the property before winter sets in, starting construction in earnest in the spring.

The key to the project is a tax credit to the developer from the Illinois Housing Development Authority, allowing for the reduced rents.

The one-bedroom units will rent for $800 a month, Tritsis said, while the two-bedroom units will be $940 a month. The apartments would remain rent- and age-restricted for 30 years, he said. Eight units will be rented out at market rate.

Plans call for a three-story building on a 4.5-acre site on the south side of a curving section of Hawks Drive just west of Wal-Mart.

The income limit for residents of the rent-restricted apartments will be $37,000, Tritsis said.

There will be 60 one-bedroom apartments and 20 two-bedroom apartments, plus a basement apartment for an on-site manager. The parking lot will have 115 vehicle spaces.

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

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

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