Melrose Park Grand Opening
The grand opening of the new construction buildings was celebrated on flag day and the US Army’s birthday. This celebration couldn’t be more fitting considering the groundbreaking ceremony was on Veteran’s Day. The ceremony was packed with attendees that included elected officials, media, community members, and veterans. The ceremony also included a tour of the completed buildings including the new show case unit and community room which were decorated in a patriotic theme. Blue couches, white walls, red pillows, and numerous American flags all made the building come together in celebration of the veterans.
A Safe Haven Veteran Village offers 35 new two-, three-, and four-bedroom units on several sites surrounding its 101 North 15th Avenue location, near Westlake Community Hospital. The project prioritizes veterans with families, along with families from the state referral network.
Amenities near the development benefit all of the residents. They have easy access to Westlake Community Hospital, schools, parks, and a public library. Along with the amenities near the buildings, residents also have access to amenities provided in the buildings. The site features a new playground, an on-site management office, and space for services, including adult education, employment assistance, financial literacy courses, and veteran-specific outreach.
Lightengale Group played a role from early in the project to helping identify and secure the financing needed to bring the project to life. LGG helped development partners A Safe Haven Foundation and Melrose Park-based West Suburban Housing Development Corporation create a structure to work together on the project, and worked for several years with local government officials and Westlake Community Hospital to secure the site for development. Lightengale Group was able to manage a complex closing to bring the $12 million project across the finish line.