HIGHWOOD – Though there hasn’t been word on when the Hotel Moraine will be transformed into an independent senior community, it has generated interest from seniors.
“None of the apartments have been leased yet, as they’re working on finishing those off, but people have been contacting the developer and I believe they’re keeping a wait list,” said Scott Coren, Highwood city manager.
The Hotel Moraine Senior Living Community will include studio and one-bedroom apartments at 700 Sheridan Road. The community is located across from Fort Sheridan, a few blocks from the lake.
Coren said he learned at a planning and zoning commission meeting that a studio unit at the Hotel Moraine Senior Living Community will cost $4,000 a month, and additional rooms will cost $1,000 a month more. That price includes meals, an indoor pool, spa area, and recreational area.
In addition to the recreational areas, Branko Tupanjac of Highwood Towers Developers is building a first-floor grocery store connected to the Hotel Moraine SeniorLiving Community. Tupanjac has owned the property since 1988. The hotel closed in 2006, and the City of Highwood approved an agreement to redevelop the building in June 2015.
Coren said the crew has made some progress on the grocery store component by recently installing windows, but there hasn’t been an announcement about which grocery store will be moving into the space.
Progress has also been made on the inside of Hotel Moraine Senior Living Community. Though the project was slated for completion in September 2016, Coren said it’s not unusual for a project from an individual developer to “ebb and flow a little bit.”
Below are some interesting facts about the independent Hotel Moraine Senior Living Community that Coren previously provided to DailyNorthShore:
The site area for the five-story building is approximately 3.95 acres, and the parking lot will have about 223 spaces.
The studios and one-bedroom apartments will be set up like hotel rooms. Similar to adjoining rooms, more space could be provided through the connected doors to offer more housing options.
For more information on the historic Hotel Moraine’s move from Highland Park to Highwood visit: What’s Up at Hotel Moraine?