Thomas Place Gurnee
Ryan develops another senior housing community Finding affordable, independent senior housing equipped to meet the accessibility issues of low-income senior citizens is one of the most challenging dilemmas facing today’s aging adults. In recent years, Ryan has partnered with Jim Bergman and the Burton Foundation to bring high-quality affordable housing to seniors with limited income.
The second project for this partnership, Thomas Place Gurnee is an expansion of the development team’s goals of creating attractive, affordable developments that allow seniors to live in their own communities. Thomas Place Gurnee showcases Ryan's expertise in development, design and construction. The building features a façade of classic board and batten siding and brick veneer, a centrally-located common area, a layout designed to encourage socializing and to create a sense of community, and 100 one- and two-bedroom units which each include a balcony or patio.
Ryan’s design team incorporated the Illinois Housing Development Authority's (IHDA) Enterprise Green Communities Criteria 2008 — a condition of the agency’s affordable housing tax credits. Some of those features include sustainable landscaping, waterconserving fixtures, efficient ENERGY STAR appliances, high-performance interior and exterior lighting and strategies for environmentally friendly facility maintenance.
Ryan’s introduction to the Thomas Place senior housing model came when it was selected to construct Thomas Place Glenview in Glenview, Illinois. Building on that success, Ryan has served as co-owner, co-developer and design-builder for three more communities in Illinois — Thomas Place Fox Lake, Thomas Place Gurnee and Thomas Place Orland Park. In addition, Ryan co-developed and designed Thomas Place Waukee and Thomas Place Bettendorf in Iowa.