A 73-unit assisted living and memory care center is proposed for the northeast corner of Route 34 and Cannonball Trail in Yorkville.
The Cedarhurst of Yorkville development proposed by St. Louis-based Dover Development is a two-story memory care and assisted living facility. Future development of the 6.7-acre site could include a medical office building, according to Krysti Barksdale-Noble, the city’s community development director. The building is proposed to be 65,000 square feet, with a main entrance facing westward and vehicle access off Cannonball Trail, she said.
Barksdale-Noble said the developers “found the site was accessible not only to retail but to health care in the area.”
At a public hearing on the project Tuesday evening before the City Council, Jordan D. Dorsey of Dover Development and David Schultz of HR Green presented plans for the facility to aldermen. No members of the public spoke during the hearing.
Dorsey said the facility would employ 30 to 40 full-time employees who would work in shifts.
Dorsey said provided the development is approved by the city, they hope to break ground April 1. He said it’s a 10- to 12-month process to build the facility, so they expect to open in the spring of 2018.
A memory care facility means that all of the residents either have Alzheimer’s disease or related dementia, he said.
“That means our building is specially secured, so every exit has a 15-second delay egress and we provide pendants for all the residents,” Dorsey said. “As you know, if you have Alzheimer’s or related dementias one of the tendencies is to wander. In addition, all of our staff is trained by the Alzheimer’s Association.”
The project was recently reviewed by the City Council’s Economic Development Committee, and will again be reviewed for a vote by the full City Council at its Feb. 28 meeting.
“There was language in the comprehensive plan that specifically stated that the city should seek out more senior and active adult housing because the need of such services is highly anticipated as we age,” Barksdale-Noble said.
At the committee meeting, Alderman Chris Funkhouser expressed concerns about the size and number of the proposed signs on the property. The proposed main sign is going to be 10 feet tall and 15 feet wide.
“It’s an awful lot of signage for six acres,” he said.
According to Barksdale-Noble, the original annexation agreement on the property was approved in August of 2000 and was updated in July of 2008. In 2008, the prior owner was granted approval for a multi-lot commercial/retail development called Cannonball Trails and the property was rezoned, she said.