Apartments Possible Near Walmart

After considering assisted living for a spot just south of Route 30 in New Lenox, a developer is now proposing rental units.

An apartment complex is a possibility for an area just south of the shopping center in New Lenox, though a developer's plans haven't even been considered by the village yet. 

The Landings of New Lenox was originally proposed as townhomes in a 6-acre lot to the southeast of Cooper Road and Route 30. When plans were announced to build the Provena Medical Arts Pavilion, the developer proposed assisted living for seniors.

Now the focus has shifted again, and last week during a village committee meeting, planning administrator Robin Ellis asked whether the proposal is something the Village Board would even consider. 

Trustee Annette Bowden acknowledged that rental is an important option for many people right now, but would have rather seen assisted living.

"To me this was going to be the ideal location for them to be close to shopping and other amenities," Bowden said. "So that's the only thing that's disappointing."

The property is directly behind the new Provena Medical Arts Pavilion, which is located just east of Cooper Road along Route 30. It's across from the Walmart development, which also includes shopping, fast food, a bank and immediate care center. 

Besides the commercial development to the north, the rest of the land is surrounded by residential properties. 

The plans call for 40 units total in four 10-unit buildings. Each unit would have a garage, and Ellis said it's possible the apartments would be two stories. Besides that, she said the plans are very preliminary. 

Ellis noted that senior citizens are a growing population of renters, and Bowden and trustee Dave Butterfield said they would at least like to know more details when they're available. 

"We'll still have to ask more questions, but I don't want to just shoot it down," Bowden said, adding that 40 units in that space made her a bit nervous.

Susan Adduci April 23, 2012 at 12:39 PM
Senior housing or condos are a much better choice!
Committee Member April 23, 2012 at 12:43 PM
Wow, I agree with Ms. Bowden! Too many rental units in a small area creates increased problems. I like the idea of assisted living better, that is so important for people and is a positive for the area, esp. with the location. Much more convenient than having senior housing near Berkots!
Lisa April 23, 2012 at 01:22 PM
No apartments! The community will lose out in the long run if they decide to build apartments for rent. Look at what happened to Park Forest when they decided to build rental units. Where did all the commercial building go? Far away! And what were they left with? Lots and lots of abandoned space!
N Yan April 23, 2012 at 01:40 PM
NO RENTAL UNITS. What is going on with New Lenox and the village? If I could vote 10000x to get the current village board members out, I would.
Ashlee April 23, 2012 at 01:46 PM
I think it's a HORRIBLE idea. New Lenox was originally designed for single family homes, where families moved out here to get a better life for their children, and being in a solid community. Now, this will lower the market values even MORE by bringing in rentals. Come on New Lenox-find revenue in other ways, and think about your township, The PEOPLE. I find this thought extremely repulsive, and I hope to god if you do this, you at least adapt the " crime free housing" that Orland Park has implemented. But really need to think twice about this one....bad idea.
Kimberly April 23, 2012 at 01:59 PM
Are there a lot of crime/problems with the apartments off of Nelson and Laraway? I really don't know, that is why I ask. I believe we've seen an increase in crime in New Lenox since Wal-Mart came to town. Maybe I'm just more aware or its being reported more now, not sure, but it seems like a daily occurence of theft, etc. at Wal-Mart.
Trish April 23, 2012 at 02:15 PM
I don't mind some rental units but would rather senior assisted living. The key word is "some". I think the proposal has too many units planned. This would create problems for not only our area but would put a strain on our fire and police.
Cindy Mattson April 23, 2012 at 02:18 PM
Why not apartments? Graduates, and young adults cannot afford to purchase a home, especially with the criteria, due to the economy, cannot afford to buy houses. Why should we send our families to Joliet, or far away from home? They should also have the opportunity of staying in the town they grew up in. These snobs that are just moving into New Lenox are taking over... for those of us born in New Lenox are being over run by snobbie rich #@$#@%. Everyone should have the same opportunity to still have that New Lenox feeling, the way it use to be. And besides we already have an assisted living facility.. We can have good at both worlds..
Lsingersongs April 23, 2012 at 02:38 PM
I agree that more assisted living is much needed in New Lenox. I also believe that rental opportunities are a must in the area. Owning a home is no longer an option for alot of people. That does not make them a bad person and those that feel that way have you never in your life rented? If not good for you but most people start out their adult lives in a rental. People that have lost their homes in town because of our wonderful economy but want to stay in town need that option as well. I hope to see more of both options in town in the future.
Susan April 23, 2012 at 02:45 PM
The end of New Lenox as we knew it! Do the police really need more work?
Nancy Weigel April 23, 2012 at 02:56 PM
where is the assisted living building? The Guy Sell apartments are not assisted living. They are age-restricted senior housing. Assisted living means meals provided, transportation provided and medical needs for people who do not yet need a nursing home. The labels used for senior housing are sometimes wrongly interchanged and cause confusion.
just my opinion April 23, 2012 at 03:17 PM
I completely agree with N Yan, Ashlee, Kimberly and Susan!
Michelle Stukel April 23, 2012 at 03:27 PM
Love love love the idea of more assisted living this area!
Shan April 23, 2012 at 03:35 PM
Would be great as Assisted Living - Horrible as rental units. You are just inviting more crime into the area. Already worse because of walmart. Moved to the area with my young family - want to keep the family community. Already have enough areas for rentals, need more for seniors.
JM of NL April 23, 2012 at 03:59 PM
Cindy, your opinion is valid and I agree with some of it but is it necessary to name-call. Once you introduce labels and namecalling into a forum, then we become like all other forums and the hurtfull bickering starts. Then nothing gets accomplished.
Dede April 23, 2012 at 04:56 PM
How are senior apartments going to create more work for the boys in blue? I thought there was an age retriction on these apartement that everyone is fighting about?
judd w. bonamino April 23, 2012 at 05:17 PM
no rental units it never works out the way you think it will. the mayor was police chief in chicago ridge its full of rental units gone bad. whats he thinking? there has to be more to this sudden push for multi dwelling than we know.
Judie April 23, 2012 at 06:21 PM
Am completely opposed to rental units. Agree with Judd that it never works out the way you think it will... check back in 10 years and see just how luxurious those apartments will be. I also wish our home was worth 300K! I believe there are signs up at the apartments in town that say "for rent" so I am guessing these units are not at full capacity, so why build more. I truly hope the decision makers get their heads out of the sand and not approve this... if that makes me a snob, then so be it.
JMC April 23, 2012 at 06:24 PM
Many families are now in situation where they cannot afford homes. Families who have to rent, want and deserve the same better life, good schools, and a solid community, just as the homeowners do. Not all renters are criminals!
Eugene April 23, 2012 at 08:17 PM
I would be in favor of something that brings in young families. We need the growth of young families who have been priced out of New Lenox. If we fail to get growth back from young prosperous families, then we will soon have all the senior living space we need in the following buildings: an unused kindergarten building, an unused elementary building, a half-filled junior high school building, and a half-used high school building (complete with pool and exercise room). Wake up New Lenox Boards - 122, 210, and Village!
Janks April 24, 2012 at 12:28 AM
You COULD make rental units available for people over 55 and put an assisted living complex over by the new hospital. When and IF they ever get the shopping area going over there, it'd be perfect for seniors. Then again, I'm thinking the Mayor and the Board have a plan...
lala April 24, 2012 at 12:46 AM
"Possibility, the plans are very preliminary, Bowden and trustee Dave Butterfield said they would at least like to know more details when they're available." Key words/phrases in above article. If you have the half empty schools, young families will fill them up too. Many upscale communities have rental units. I lived in an apartments in Barrington and towns much nicer than New Lenox. Reading between the lines, I see other reasons for the opposition.
Bob Grenchik April 24, 2012 at 09:21 AM
Basil NO MORE APARTMENTS IN NEW LENOX! When A town starts to go down hill it always starts at the apartments. The Apartments may start out as a nice new place for younger people and people that can't buy into housing to live but as time goes on and the apartment complex gets older they deteriorate and you end up with a lot of people that don't care. If you look at any town that has apartment complexes that is where many of the police calls will be. When a town goes down for the count it starts at apartment complexes.
Tyrone April 24, 2012 at 01:51 PM
Just because somebody has had a shaky start in life and a rough upbringing doesn't meant they don't want the good things in life. Some people are able to shed the ghetto life and start fresh in a new community, but houses cost so much and are too much work to maintain, so why not build some affordable apartments by Walmart? 200 units would also ease the price pressure on homes so more diverse people could move in to this nice suburb.
Susan April 24, 2012 at 03:06 PM
And then what happens to the nice suburb?
lala April 25, 2012 at 03:08 AM
It becomes a nice suburb with affordable apartments near Walmart.
Pat June 22, 2012 at 07:29 PM
There are beautiful apartments in Naperville interspersed with homes. Any time you need anything, the landlord is on-the-spot. I had an apartment on Towncrest in New Lenox. The landlord was terrible. People looked down on me because I was a renter....made comments that I didn't pay taxes, not taking into consideration that my rent went up every time taxes did. If you get a good company to run the apartments, it can be a very good thing. It's not that everyone CAN'T afford to own a home, there are people that don't WANT to own a home.


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