approves plan for former Lincoln Developmental Center site
Work may begin soon on four 10-bed units
for people with developmental disabilities
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[OCT. 22, 2004]
CHICAGO -- Gov. Rod
Blagojevich said Thursday that the Illinois Health Facilities
Planning Board has approved construction of Lincoln Estates, an
innovative housing development plan at the former site of the
Lincoln Developmental Center. On Thursday the board approved a
certificate of need for the Illinois Department of Human Services to
develop four 10-bed housing units for people with disabilities.
"The former LDC site, with its 100
acres of wooded land, has so much to offer and is a valuable
resource for the Lincoln area and the state," Gov. Blagojevich said.
"Our plan is to create a new model of care that will offer something
for all sectors of the community and not segregate persons with
disabilities. This is certainly not going to be the LDC of the
There is $7 million in the fiscal
2005 budget for the Lincoln Estates project. No timeline is set for
construction to begin on the homes, which will provide
state-operated developmental services for 40 people. The next step
is the bidding process, which will begin immediately.
Illinois Department of Human
Services Secretary Carol L. Adams, Ph.D., formed the Lincoln
Developmental Center Task Force in May 2003. The goal of the task
force is to build
consensus as to what type of services will be
provided at the closed state-operated developmental center in
Lincoln and what other services could be provided on the LDC campus.
Representatives include parents, advocates, elected officials, other
state departments and AFSCME.
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"This is an important step toward
realizing our vision of a disability-friendly setting that
reintegrates LDC into the Lincoln community," Adams said. "We can
now look forward to tearing down the old LDC and breaking ground on
what will be a community with affordable living options, other state
services, education and training opportunities, and possibly
recreational and cultural programs."
Adams said the task force will
continue to meet to finalize details of the master plan and the
construction of the housing units.
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