The construction project to turn the former James C. Bush Elementary School, 2117 W. Church St. in Johnsburg, into affordable senior living housing is set to begin. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, a formal groundbreaking will not be scheduled.
Joseph J. Duffy Co. is the general contractor for General Capital Group’s new 68-unit development, which will be managed by Oakbrook Corporation. The Duffy company provided preconstruction services, concluding in a lump sum contract to build the project, working with Hooker DeJong Architects, Inc.
The administration and gym areas of the existing one-story school will be renovated into 14 apartments, resident support facilities, and office space. A 3-story wing housing 54 one- and two-bedroom units will be added. Each apartment will include a full bath and kitchen.
An exterior of brick and fiber cement siding will cover the wood-frame structure. The fully-sprinkled building will have two individual elevators and energy efficient windows. The mechanical, electrical a plumbing (MEP) includes a split system with packaged HVAC units.
General Capital Group is a real estate firm with locations in Northbrook and Fox Point, Wisconsin. The firm also has developed an affordable housing property in Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania.