Senior communities, residents do what they can to respect the planet

Belmont Village of Lincoln Park opens this July. The seven-story project will have 149 units of assisted living and memory care. It is located in Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood and is part of the redevelopment of the Lincoln Commons master planned development.

The project is designed to resemble the historic Nellie Black building that was on the site and has since been torn down. That building had housed nurses and interns.

The new community will have a LEED designation. About 75% of the building materials from the old structure have been recycled, according to Adam Hamilton, development manager at Belmont Village’s headquarters office in Houston.

Other sustainable features include energy efficient thermal windows, non-toxic paint, LED lighting, recycling bins, automated energy systems and a “green” roof. The building will use about 35% less water than a typical building of the same size, says Hamilton. A special riser system not only helps conserve water but also brings hot water faster to the apartments.

“Residents do care about these features,” says Hamilton.

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