Illinois develops work on another pitch for twice-denied senior living community

The developers behind a senior living community — twice rejected by Des Plaines aldermen amid outcry by its potential neighbors — are hoping the third time's a charm.

According to the Daily Herald, real estate firm Pontarelli Cos. wants to develop Blue Sky Residence, a 67-unit apartment community for residents 62 and older, on about 3.5 acres on the 900 block of North Avenue, between Second and Third avenues.

The developers say they have made various changes to the project to address concerns of the nearby residents, including lowering the elevation of the building, buffering the development from nearby homes and decreasing the number of units. Still, some in the nearby community remain opposed, citing concerns of increased traffic and a change to the current neighborhood setting.

The city council denied the project in 2016 and 2017. It's set to vote Monday whether to preliminarily approve the development.

"We hope that the city council agrees with the planning and zoning commission that's voted for it twice," said Dan Pontarelli, owner of Arlington Heights-based Pontarelli Cos.

The property was previously occupied by Era Tool & Manufacturing Co., which relocated in December 2015. While some neighbors are concerned the development could decrease their property values, the developers say the project will improve a blighted area.

Read the full story at the Daily Herald.

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