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Lakefront Residences senior building opens in Grayslake

Updated: December 21, 2012 6:13AM

Lakefront Residences of Grayslake, a 70-unit new-construction building serving seniors from throughout Lake County, has opened.

Lakefront Residences, 160 Hamelitz Court, at Belvidere Road and Neville Drive, is a private development for affordable to moderate-income seniors. It is one of several senior residences opened in the county in the past year.

“Mercy Housing Lakefront is delighted to be a part of the Grayslake community,” said Cindy Holler, president, Mercy Housing Lakefront. “We welcome our new residents, and are excited about the services, amenities and new friendships they all will enjoy.” Grand opening of the complex was held Saturday.

Lakefront Residences is a three-story, elevator building with views of Gray’s Lake, easy access to Grayslake shopping, and state-of-the art environmental features. Other amenities, include a large outdoor patio facing Gray’s Lake, a great room with a fireplace and kitchen, a fitness center, and a library with computers.

Developed by Mercy Housing Lakefront, the development features 63 one-bedroom units and seven one-bedroom units with a den. Of the 70 units, 25 will be for seniors over the age of 55 with special needs or disabilities.

The building is in the process of achieving its National Green Building Certification and showcases several innovative design features such as a hybrid geothermal heating and cooling system. Other sustainable features include solar-heated hot water, high-efficiency furnaces, and natural and native landscaping.

“This innovative building uses green technologies to be more energy efficient,” said Holler. “Lower energy costs let us invest more in the supportive services which enable seniors to remain independent and healthy. This is the heart of Mercy Housing Lakefront’s mission.”

“I can’t wait to move in,” said June McCoy, a retired teacher and future building resident. “I am in my 80s, independent, active, and want to stay in Lake County, but my rent doubled while my Social Security has remained flat, and the interest income from my savings has dropped dramatically. Here, I have found a beautiful apartment I can afford that also offers lots of added amenities like a library with computers and laundry rooms on every floor.”

To qualify for the affordable apartments, applicants must earn at or below 60 percent of the average median income in Lake County, or $36,420 for a two-person household.

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