CHICAGO: A dream multi-million dollar housing complex for seniors in Chicagoland christened Verandah is now a realty with a formal launch at 900 Irving Park in Hanover Park (a Chicago suburb) last week with a Bhoomipujan and ground breaking ceremony attended by village dignitaries, invited guests and media representatives.
The Bhoomipujan puja was performed by one of the most respected Octogenarian priest Dr CL Shastriji with hosts Dr.Gaurav and Dr.Anuja Gupta of Aman Living adhering to strict scriptural guidelines. The Bhoomipujan is an essential part of any housing project as it seeks to ward off the evil and sanctify the land on which the project is being built with scriptural shlokas and hymns.
The Bhoomipujan was followed by a formal ground breaking ceremony that was attended among others by the Mayor Rodney Craig and village officials.
Verandah will have townhomes and condominiums, a big clubhouse, and medical facilities for use of the residents. The townhomes include 2 bedroom/2 bathroom and 3 bedroom/2.5 bathroom units starting at $275,000. The condominiums will be in a 5-story building with elevators and include 2 bedroom/2 bathroom and 1 bedroom/1 bathroom units starting at $150,000.
All housing is especially designed for senior living and includes convenience features like main level master bedrooms, no exterior maintenance and extensive amenities.
The clubhouse is planned to be the heart of the community. It includes a dining facility which will serve vegetarian food for lunch & dinner daily. There will be many spaces for socialization and activities such as a community room, a gym, a library/computer room, a beauty shop and activities studio. Festivals like Holi, Diwali, and Navratri etc will be celebrated gala-style in the clubhouse, in addition to other holidays like Christmas, New Years, etc.
The housing complex will also have extensively landscaped grounds including a 1-acre pond, walking paths, Small Park & water features. The medical facilities will include a doctor’s office, physical therapy office, home-health service and a licensed Assisted Living and Memory Care facility that will come at the tail end of the project.
Verandah developer Dr. Anuja Gupta said, “Loneliness is a major problem with seniors. We wanted to offer a community where neighbors felt like family and friends and there were many opportunities to socialize with like-minded people. Many seniors from our community are now reaching retirement age.”
The project will be completed in 2 ½-3 years in phases. The first phase will include townhomes and be ready in summer 2017. The condominiums will be ready in 2017 and the Assisted Living & Memory Care facility in 2018. Bookings will open spring 2017.
For more information visit Verandah website www.VerandahRetirementCommunity.com . AMAN Living LLC can be contacted at 312 952 1802.
Ramesh Soparawlaa & Suresh Bodiwala
India Post News Service