Sophia at Fox Valley Mall, Aurora Ill.

Sofia at Fox Valley Mall, a luxury, active senior living community, is being planned in Aurora, Ill., as part of the redevelopment of the mall. The new community will provide a full-care continuum with independent living, assisted living, and memory care services.

Construction on the five-story community is expected to start in early 2024 and be completed by fall 2025.

Guiding objectives of the project are to attract an inclusive, age-diverse population and promote intergenerational connections through mixed-use spaces including retail, dining, theater, multifamily housing, and outdoor activity and gathering spaces.

Modern design details

Designed by architectural design firm SAS Architect and Planners (Northbrook, Ill.), the 288,300-square-foot community features a modern design. Symmetrical vertical massing provides a dynamic façade pattern of light and shadow that will evolve throughout the day.

A varied palette of stone, brick, stucco, and wood-texture materials provides an elegant and contextual design with the overall mall development.

Inside, a two-story lobby entrance leads to the large central pavilion, with vaulted ceilings and large glass walls. The central pavilion is the social and activity hub of the community and includes a living room, bar lounge, and dining rooms overlooking outdoor patios and landscaped grounds.

The project includes 108 independent living units, 84 assisted living, and 22 memory care units. The independent living apartments include an open kitchen/living area layout, balcony, and large bedrooms that have been designed to maximize natural light and views.

The community will also house a fitness center, beauty salon, covered resident parking, and several outdoor areas, including rooftop gardens, a splash pad for visiting children, pickleball courts, and walking paths that connect with all of the mall amenities.

Sophia at Fox Valley Mall project details

Location: Aurora, Ill.

Expected completion: July 2025

Owner: Integrated Development II, Affinius Capital, and Centennial Real Estate

Total building area: 288,300 sq. ft.

Architecture firm: SAS Architects and Planners LLC

Interior design: Hint Harris Interiors

General contractor: Walsh Construction

Engineer: Steen Engineering (mechanical), CE Anderson & Associates (structural), Kimley-Horn (landscape and civil)

Food service design: Direct Supply Aptura