By CBS 2 Chicago Staff

MAYWOOD, Ill. (CBS/AP) — A long-vacant suburban Chicago retirement home is being renovated for use as a senior housing complex.

Deputy Gov. Sol Flores and other elected officials broke ground last week on the project in Maywood, about 10 miles west of Chicago.

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It’s part of an effort to create more affordable housing for vulnerable residents statewide.

The building was known as the Baptist Retirement Home but has been vacant since 2005.

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It will be converted into 100 living units for seniors. The project is known as Maywood Supportive Living.

It received $29.7 million in financing from the Illinois Housing Development Authority, along with other assistance.

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CBS 2 Chicago Staff