Construction to begin on Elm Grove Senior Apartments

ELM GROVE — The first stages of construction on a new senior living facility in Elm Grove are now taking place.

The 75-unit independent living facility Elm Grove Heights was first proposed last winter and will be for those age 62 and older.

Last week, initial site preparation including partial removal of vegetation and mobilization of the needed on-site equipment has begun.

The excavation of the building foundation and underground parking garage began this week.

In order to make Elm Grove Heights a reality, the parcel of land at 13040 W. Bluemound Road, needed to be rezoned from B-3 Mid-Rise Office and Professional District to the Rm-2 Multiple-Family Residential District.

According to the formal zoning request submitted to the village last December by Horizon Development Group, Inc., Elm Grove Heights will help stimulate the village’s next economic cycle by keeping higher income seniors in the village and promoting turnover of existing homes.

Horizon also said that senior housing will likely have a lower impact on Bluemound Road traffic when compared to other businesses allowed under the B-3 designation, such as a hotel.

“Amending the Comprehensive Plan to accommodate Elm Grove Heights will help meet the housing demand for the Village’s rapidly expanding senior population,” wrote Horizon Managing Partner Philip Schulz in the request.”

Elm Grove’s Comprehensive Plan explains that as of 2000, over 34% of residents will be over the age of 64.