to be built for elderly
By Chris Worthington
Rent-subsidized apartments for
the elderly have been proposed
for the Baker Garage, just north
of the Hotel Baker in St. Charles.
Construction of the six-story
apartment building is estimated
to Cost $6 million.. Work is ex-
pected to begin Nov. 1.
The St. Charles Planning and
Development Committee recom-
mended Monday that the city
council approve the project.
The council is expected to re-
view the proposal next Monday.
The plan was proposed by the
Westway Construction Corp. of
Geneva and Robert C. King, a
Chicago area developer. The
firms hope to acquire the prop-
erty from the Lutheran Social
Services of America ( LSSI ),
which received permission to de-
velop a similar project at the ga-
rage in 1979, but failed to proceed
because of financial consider-
LSSI will ultimately manage
the completed project according
to the new proposal.
"The project will contain rela-
tively minor changes from the or-
ginally accepted LSSI plan," said
James Urhausen, Westway exec-
utive vice president. "The height
of the building and number of liv-
ing units being the major
The proposed plan calls for .a
six-story building containing 107
living units. The 1979 proposal
was for a nine-story building with
A commercial' area originally
planned for the first floor has
been deleted from the new propo-
"Architects plan to capture the
feel of the existing Hotel Baker by
modeling the new building after
it," Urhausen said.
Contained in the proposal is a
rent assistance program subsi-
dized by the federal government.
To be eligible, applicants will
have to be 65 or older and within
certain income guidelines. In-
come requirements will be deter-
mined by the Department of
Housing and Urban Development
after a study of income levels in
the immediate area.
St. Charles Mayor Fred Norris
has endorsed the plan, saying,
"Such a new project would ex-
pand the housing opportunities
for this important segment of the
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