A rare combination of business acumen skilled at revitalizing downtrodden properties, a significant financial investment and a genuinely caring philosophy of compassion for its residents and staff, has transformed an apartment community in West Chicago into a thriving center of optimism and goodwill.
Glenn and Cornelia Mueller and their dedicated team at Timber Lake Apartments LLC, 1200 Kings Circle, have been chosen by the City of West Chicago as recipients of a coveted Brilliance in Business Award in the category of Outstanding Achievement in Health, Safety & Environment.
Extensive interior and exterior renovations to the 576 unit apartment complex and its many amenities, including playgrounds, resource center and outdoor gathering spaces have improved its residents’ quality of life. Currently underway is a planned expansion for additional resident parking and upgrades to the large swimming pool facility which will be ready for the 2018 summer season.
By combining their unique business sense with a genuine desire to uplift their residents’ lives for the past 10 years, the Muellers have strived to create a model community one person and one apartment at a time. Clearly, this is an enterprise that sets higher goals as exhibited by management’s involvement with tenants and their well-being.
The Muellers work closely with partnering organizations to deliver their resident families the best of programs and opportunities. An ongoing relationship with Wheaton Bible Church and Puente del Pueblo provides after school programs, academic assistance and more to families. Plus, a partnership with Chicago Eagles Soccer provides a Summer Academy and camps for kids and young adults. Community Fellowship Church has also provided time and finances to residents that have needed help, including its support of Chicago Eagles. Through Outreach Ministries, the Muellers sponsor an annual multi-state college tour and offer information about scholarship opportunities for high school students and adults who may not otherwise have considered higher education an option. Several students from Timber Lake Apartments have become the first in their families to go to college as a result.
Inspiration resides around every corner at Timber Lake Apartments LLC. From message boards in each building that inspire gratitude for the present and hope for the future, to 34 sign posts containing positive affirmations that form a path around one of the playground areas, or a wooden arch designed for school children that sends them off in the morning with a word of encouragement and greets them on their return with Home Sweet Home, Timber Lake Apartments LLC puts a message of possibility in every detail.
About the Brilliance in Business Awards
The Brilliance in Business Award Program is the highest honor given by the City of West Chicago in recognition of exemplary and innovative business practice. It aims to acknowledge the specific efforts businesses make towards achieving their goals and the positive impact they have on the community. The program highlights and acknowledges successful initiatives, projects, ventures, business models, and practices that continue to enhance the West Chicago business environment and further the community’s economic development goals. The Program brings to the forefront the level of diversity, creativity, and corporate citizenship that epitomizes West Chicago Business. Also receiving an award this year are Chris Mechanical Services, Buck Services Inc., and American Standard Circuits Inc.
Formal recognition will be given to each business at the City Council meeting of Monday, December 4, 2017