The construction of a controversial commercial memory care facility in a low density residential neighborhood has begun and neighbors report that they are being inconvenienced, despite assurances a year ago that they wouldn’t be.
On the public Facebook group, Help Keep 101st Commercial Free, neighbors are logging their experiences during the opening days of construction on a large facility most neighbors vocally objected to last year. Anthem Memory Care is building a memory care facility in the middle of a low-density residential zone on the former property of Southwest Chicago Christian School. The 2.2 acre site was open green space and a school bus depot. The facility will be a two-story structure with 66 units, that could house 80 people with Alzheimer’s Disease, dementia, and other memory related illnesses, and employ about 40 people.
A Special Use permit was approved by the Board of Trustees, in a 4-2 vote, on May 24th, 2016, after a lengthy and sometimes heated process of community and committee meetings. As a result of those meetings, many assurances were given to the neighbors that construction would not interfere with the residents’ lives, nor would the operation of the facility.
So, it’s understandable that street closures came as a surprise on Wednesday, May 24th, 2017, a year to the day after the Board of Trustees approved construction.
Residents had previously noted the large amount of dust that filled the air during the demolition of the school bus depot that once occupied the lot. Some residents spoke of the expensive air filters being clogged. Others suggested cheaper do-it-yourself remedies.
At the end of the cul-de-sac of 101st Place, residents dealt with construction vehicles taking up much of the end of the street.
When neighbors were later inconvenienced by cable outages, the explanation had a lot to do with those vehicles. Apparently, while excavating for the installation of a water main, a buried cable was inadvertently severed.
Needless to say, neighbors will be keeping a close eye on the construction process, to see if it falls short of the promises made a year ago.