DePaul repurposed the vacant Perry Knitting Mill into supportive, affordable housing for the physically disabled, with preference given to veterans and seniors.
The adaptive reuse project, designed by SWBR for LEED certification, consists of a new 2-story, 21,000 SF brick and fiber cement addition onto the 3-story 36,000 SF brick mill building, originally built in 1882. The mill received a complete rehab, including masonry repair, brick repointing and new energy efficient, factory-style windows. Inside, the exposed heavy timber framing will be used as a design element, echoed in the lobby where new and old meet. The completed building houses 48, mostly 1-bedroom apartments: 2 HVI units, 12 fully ADA-accessible, and 34 ADA-adaptable.
All entries and common areas are handicapped accessible and include a community room, computer room, laundry, elevator and tree-filled courtyard. Support staff are available 24-7 to help residents access needed services.