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Location:
Swansea, IL

Work Category:

Senior Housing

Description:

Metro Landing of Swansea is a transit-oriented development that provides affordable housing for independent seniors. This three-story apartment building consists of 62 one and two-bedroom dwelling units, with common areas such as a living room, community room, library, computer area, fitness room, laundry facilities, and ample apartment storage.

The building design incorporates durable materials with the goals of low maintenance cost and building longevity. The building includes a generous front entry porch and landscaped resident green space, with a looped walking path, benches, pergola, and raised planter beds for community gardening. The development is 2012 National Green Building Standard (NGBS) Bronze Certified, with key sustainable design features including Energy Star rated appliances, enhanced R-value for insulation, native plantings, and water-efficient plumbing features.

Located immediately adjacent to the Swansea MetroLink Station in Swansea, Illinois, the development enables residents to have car-free transportation options via affordable transit throughout the entire region, granting convenient access to amenities such as health care, recreational and shopping locations. The MetroBikeLink trail is also accessible from the Swansea Station, providing residents the opportunity to easily utilize the trail for exercise and recreation.

Metro Landing of Swansea was the recipient of the 2019 Wyvetter H. Younge Award, which is presented annually in recognition of outstanding affordable housing developments or initiatives in a metropolitan area outside of metropolitan Chicago. Metro Landing of Swansea received the top score in that category, which seeks to honor developments and initiatives that improve quality of life for residents and the health of the overall community.

With its high quality design, construction, and finishes, the property has created an extremely optimal environment for senior living. The development provides an age in place living model that focuses on accessibility, affordability, sustainability, and fostering a healthy living environment. Metro Landing is now poised to be a catalyst and anchor for future development at this location, and serves as a major building block of transit-oriented development (TOD) activities at this site. Additional phases of TOD with varying use types are now being planned for the surrounding area – all due to the success and place-making of Metro Landing.

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