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Lincoln Estates back on track and rolling

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[NOV. 19, 2004]  Lincoln Mayor Beth Davis and Lincoln and Logan County Development Partnership executive director Rob Orr returned from a meeting at Gov. Blagojevich's office on Thursday with assurances that the LDC redevelopment is moving forward.

The two met with several entities there. The state's projects coordinator, Julie Currie, listened to a couple of LDC task force members and key Department of Human Services staff, including Secretary Carol Adams, an aide from Sen. Bomke's office and the two Lincoln representatives on the plans to build the homes for mentally handicapped persons. 

Final approval of plans to build four 10-bed homes on the former LDC grounds was put on hold last week by the governor's office when it was thought that there was an offer for property to build those homes off-campus in Lincoln.  Mayor Davis was contacted and asked to clear up the matter here and then contact the governor's office.

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She met with members of the development partnership on Tuesday in her office and then she and Orr met with the governor's office Thursday.

The plans to set out bids for the homes to be built on the Lincoln Estates grounds will begin as soon as the location on the grounds has been determined by the Department of Human Services. 

“The whole meaning of this is to bring back some of the residents whose parents are getting elderly and can't get to visit them,” Mayor Davis said.

[Jan Youngquist]

Note: LDN will have more about the Lincoln Estates plans next week.

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