Village Board to Hear a Proposal to Develop a Senior Housing Community at Green Acres

Village Board to Hear a Proposal to Develop a Senior Housing Community at Green Acres

Northbrook’s Board of Trustees will hold a preliminary review for a new proposal to develop the former Green Acres Country Club property.  At the Board’s meeting on October 26, representatives from Erickson Senior Living will present a plan that includes 1200 units of senior housing, with 40 of the property’s 127 acres designated as Village-controlled open space.

As described in the meeting’s agenda packet (beginning at page 34), Erickson proposes a Continuing Care Retirement Community of ten buildings between three and five stories. With up to 1200 total units, 1000 would be designed for independent living and the remainder would provide assisted living, memory care, and nursing service. The developer notes that many medical needs for residents will be managed on-site.

This will be the third proposal for the former golf club, located at 916-1002 Dundee Road.  In 2019, the Board reviewed a plan for an 800-unit development with a mixture of housing sizes and styles; Trustees criticized the proposal as being too dense among other concerns. A 2020 preliminary review of a 531-unit proposal led to similar responses.

Topics for discussion will include whether the property’s designation as open space in the Village comprehensive plan should be amended; how the proposal would be treated under the Village’s new affordable housing policies; whether the proposal meets goals set out in the Climate Action Plan; and whether the development’s density and open space are appropriate.  The Board meeting, beginning at 7:30 p.m., can be viewed on Comcast Channel 17, the Village website, or the Village Facebook page.