Lincoln Estates development
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Local meeting first step to getting it back
[NOV. 17, 2004]
Mayor Beth Davis took a
moment during the city meeting Monday to apprise everyone of the
progress of the new Lincoln Estates, formerly known as Lincoln
[Background: Mayor Davis has served for
the last year and a half on the Department of Human Services LDC
Task Force in making plans for the reopening of the facility for
mentally handicapped residents. After the plan to build four 10-bed
homes on the grounds was approved by the Illinois Health Facilities
Planning Board, the task force met once more, and at last the
finalized plan was submitted to the governor's office for final
Mayor Davis said that she was
contacted last week about a problem. The governor's office met with
various state agency heads last Wednesday. They were told at that
time that they are unable to move forward because there has been a
glitch in the governor's office. Until it gets resolved the entire
(Lincoln Estates-LDC) project is on hold.
Mayor Davis was contacted after that
meeting and told that two individuals from the Lincoln and Logan
Development Partnership had gone to the governor's office a couple
of months ago. She was told that the governor's office interpreted
that the partnership representatives offered that the city of
Lincoln would provide four parcels of land for the four 10-bed homes
to be built off-site from the LDC grounds. This would be in exchange
for the LDC buildings and grounds, as well as the $7 million
legislated to develop those grounds.
"That is not true," she said.
"That is not what the LDC task force
talked about," she added.
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"Needless to say, we are trying to
get that rectified," the mayor continued. The governor's office
thought it was with the city of Lincoln's approval. "It was a
misunderstanding," she said. "Senator Larry Bomke and I are both
on it very strongly. We will move forward as soon as possible."
She said a meeting was scheduled for
Tuesday afternoon to get things straight here, and then they would
go to the governor's office.
Following the meeting the mayor
asked the media not to report on the matter until after the meeting
on Tuesday so that she would have opportunity to resolve a few
In a brief discussion after
Tuesday's meeting, she said it was a good meeting. They did get a
lot cleared up, and they are ready to meet with the governor's
office and get this project back on the road.