On Sunday, September 29, a celebratory 5k walk will kick off from the old Elmhurst Hospital Campus on Berteau and finish up at the new facility at Elmhurst Memorial Hospital. Proceeds from the Steps to Pink walk will benefit the new center slated to open in late 2013, and participants still have time to register on the event website.

The new center will offer access to medical oncologists, an infusion center, radiation oncology, and the CyberKnife Center of Chicago all in one facility adjacent to the hospital on the Main Campus. This means that patients and their families will be able to receive all of their care in one location.

While the new Center puts on its finishing touches, the fate of the old Elmhurst Memorial Hospital facility on Berteau is still in limbo. Susan Rose, a member of the Neighborhood Advisory Committee that was established nearly 20 years ago as a mediator between the hospital and its neighbors, said that the hospital is negotiating with a national home builder to develop the site. This would mean demolishing the old building to make way for the new housing. The hospital is currently conducting materials testing and environmental impact studies about the proposed demolition process prior to finalizing its plans. The name of the developer has not yet been released.

This isn’t the only plan for the facility that has been considered. Elmhurst’s building codes were cited as one of the reasons a 2011 plan to offer senior health and housing services fell through. In addition, two Elmhurst park commissioners recently spoke of a plan to investigate using at least a portion of the site for storm water retention. Whatever the final decision may be, Elmhurst residents will have to wait a little longer to find out all of the details. There is another Neighborhood Advisory Committee meeting scheduled for this month, which may offer more information.

Moving forward while making thoughtful use of what we already have is an important part of Elmhurst’s spirit. It’s just a great place to call home. Whether you’re new to the area or simply looking to move into your dream home, The Gracik Makinney Group is happy to offer our support. Give us a call on 630-441-5570, or stop by the office at 190 North York Street. Let’s take that first step.