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[OCT. 27, 2004]
The ball is finally rolling
after nearly a year and a half of hard work by the Lincoln
Developmental Center Task Force. Four 10-bed homes will be built on
the former LDC campus for developmentally handicapped people. The
plan was approved last Thursday by the Illinois Health Facilities
Planning Board, the state board that regulates health facilities.
The task force is paring down from
their 21 members at this time so they can just focus on getting the
homes built. It is expected the bids will be let out in December and
that they will be breaking ground in January 2005.
The task force meets this next
Monday at 10 a.m. at the ag building on the state fairgrounds to
begin working on specs. Task force members are excited about their
next meetings. They will be deciding exactly what they want in
there. Those decisions were delayed until the plan passed the Health
Facilities Planning Board.
Former LDC residents will be the
first to be offered to locate in the new homes.
Three other state-operated
facilities will also be added to the campus: a dental clinic, a
crisis center and a senior living center. The dental clinic and
crisis center will focus on meeting the needs of individuals with
The dental clinic will offer
specialized care and equipment for the severely disabled. The clinic
will either serve central Illinois or possibly all of the state.
The crisis center will serve
specifically for individuals who need specialized care.
The senior living center will be
open to any qualifying senior meeting financial requirements. The
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development already has money
set aside for senior living in funds appropriated to the Illinois
Portions of the 15-acre property
will still be available. "It is up to the community to develop it,"
Mayor Davis said. "We will need to pool our resources and funding,"
Proposals must be submitted and approved by the state of Illinois.
Rob Orr of the Lincoln/Logan County Economic Partnership is
spearheading this effort.
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The following is a list of
and retreat center
computer, information technology center and training facility
Health spa -- health
care complex with state-of-the-art health, diet, nutrition
-- residential and hospital facility for children and adults
Midwest College of
Cosmetology, Lincoln College Normal campus has a waiting list.
Senior care --
partnership with Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital or Christian
Homes, Heritage Enterprises
sports center -- Illinois Sports Hall of Fame.
training center -- residential with academic program
Semipro football team
-- The Lincoln Tigers are currently looking for a flat piece of
ground to host their early summer to late summer games and
College or Lincoln College -- classrooms and residence halls
-- small office, light manufacturing
State of Illinois
retirement home for former state employees
Generations of Hope
-- Monday-Friday residential high school providing education for a
pool of 70,000 Illinois foster children with behavioral disorders
and learning abilities, teaching them skills to attain immediate
employment and keep them off the Supplemental Security Income
rolls after high school graduation
Budget money for a
marketing plan for the remaining property at Lincoln Estates that
is not to be developed (beyond the state-operated four 10-bed
homes, dental clinic, crisis center and senior living center)