JOLIET – Construction is starting on Hope Manor Joliet, a veterans housing project being developed on the old Silver Cross Hospital campus.
A section of old parking lot outside the former hospital has been fenced off, and a construction trailer is on the site. Only two workers were there Tuesday, but one said excavation crews were expected as soon as this week.
“We consider ourselves already in construction,” said Nancy Hughes Moyer, chief executive officer for Volunteers of America Illinois.
Construction is expected to take about a year.
“We’re slated to actually start leasing the first units in February 2017,” Moyer said.
The nonprofit organization, which has built Hope Manor I and II in Chicago, is building the veterans housing complex in Joliet. It will consist of four buildings and 67 apartments.
Volunteers of America provides housing for veterans who are homeless or in need of assistance. Rental support will be provided for each unit, with veterans paying about 30 percent of their rent.
Moyer said Volunteers of America expects to start taking tenant applications about 90 days before the first apartments open.
Hope Manor Joliet will have a staff of about 10 employees, providing social services for veterans and their families. The complex will include apartments with one, two and three bedrooms.
Hope Manor Joliet is the latest development on the old Silver Cross Hospital campus.
The apartment complex will be near the Veterans Affairs Community Based Outpatient Clinic, located in a renovated section of the hospital, and Aunt Martha’s Joliet Community Health Center, which was built from the ground up on the campus.
Hope Manor Joliet is an estimated $15 million construction project. The general contractor is Joseph J. Duffy Co. of Chicago.