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Broadview Breaks Ground On Senior Apartments

Friday, October 30, 2020 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews 

The village of Broadview formally broke ground on the Broadview Senior Apartments on Oct. 29. The three-story, multifamily, affordable housing development will have 70 one- and two-bedroom units for senior citizens and veterans.

The ceremony comes a month after the Broadview Village Board voted 4-2 on an ordinance authorizing and approving a lease agreement between the village and Housing Opportunity Development Corporation, the nonprofit entity that is partnering with Ross Financial, a development firm, to build the facility.

“This will be around for many years to come,” said Broadview Mayor Katrina Thompson, adding that the project addresses a real need for affordable housing for the village’s senior citizen population.

Broadview Mayor Katrina Thompson, fifth from left, with other village officials during the formal groundbreaking ceremony for the Broadview Senior Apartments on Oct. 29. | Shanel Romain 

“In 2019, I partnered with the Metropolitan Mayor’s Caucus Home Project team and we developed the Broadview Housing Action plan that will be released in a few weeks,” Thompson said. “In this plan, we identified that many of our older adults, 65 and older, live on limited or fixed incomes. More than 63 percent of Broadview seniors earn less than $50,000 a year. Approximately 280 seniors, or 25 percent of our senior population, earns less than $20,000 a year and will be considered low-income households.”

Thompson said that she has “faith and confidence” that the general contractor for the development “will consider local participation and hire local union reps to be part of this development site.”

Douglas Ross, a principal with Ross Financial, said that the groundbreaking had been roughly a decade in the making.

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“It’s been at least 10 years that the village has tried bringing this to the community,” he said. “They persevered. I think this is our third attempt to try to get this to this point, so congratulations to Broadview.”

Ross said that the senior development will achieve the National Green Building Standards Bronze level, with the help of a grant from ComEd.

“This project will provide much-needed quality affordable living for elderly people in our community,” Illinois Senate Majority Leader Kimberly Lightford (4th) explained in a statement read by Broadview Trustee Judy Miller in the senator’s absence. “Our elders deserve the same love, respect and dignity they showed us as children.”

Read more of our reporting on the Broadview Senior Apartments below:

Work On Future Broadview Senior Homes Heats Up

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