Lincoln and Logan County Development
Partnership unified on Lincoln Estates
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[NOV. 17, 2004]
The Lincoln and Logan County
Development Partnership board of directors met with representatives
from the departments of Human Services and Commerce and Economic
Opportunity Tuesday afternoon in Mayor Beth Davis' office. The
purpose of the meeting was to discuss redevelopment plans involving
Lincoln Estates, formerly Lincoln Developmental Center. According to
the partnership's executive director, Rob Orr, the meeting was "good
communication about miscommunications."
"The partnership is united in its
support for the immediate redevelopment of former LDC grounds,
beginning with the construction of the four, 10-bed homes. We
communicated this to DHS at yesterday's meeting and will do so
again," Orr said, referring to a meeting to be scheduled with Gov.
Blagojevich's staff. Orr and Davis, who is president of the
partnership, will represent the economic development group at the
"The former LDC property offers us
an opportunity to create much-needed jobs for this community," Orr
said. "Companies looking for places to locate new operations want
ready-to-build sites or existing buildings in close to move-in
condition. This site is ideal in those regards." The 103-acre site
with 23 buildings is already fully served with utilities, roads,
rail access and several existing buildings that could be remodeled
for other uses. DHS indicated to the partnership that it wants the
local group to be involved in redevelopment phases of the project.
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Orr declined comment on Davis'
remarks (as reported in The Courier) following Monday's city council
meeting and offered no details about partnership representatives
meeting with the governor's staff. "The work of this organization is
too important," he said. "We may hit a few bumps in the road, but
that can't cause us to veer off path. This group is committed to
working together. Economic development should be apolitical."
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