Tuesday, Dec. 9


LDC task force previews
architectural plans    
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[DEC. 9, 2003]  At the most recent meeting of the LDC task force, Ferry and Associates Architects of Springfield presented four drawings of what the Lincoln site may look like. The drawings include residential, commercial, recreational and educational settings.

The plans use up to seven existing buildings and include the four 10-bed group homes for people with developmental disabilities, DHS spokesman Tom Green said.

Last month Gov. Blagojevich approved funding to start up the boiler for the winter. Minimal heating for even those buildings that will not be used as part of the new LDC will preserve their quality for future use. The power plant costs $1.3 million per year to run.

The campus has 30 buildings. The use of the remaining buildings and acreage has also been given to research and development by the task force.

The Illinois Housing Development Authority has hired American Marketing Studies to do a market survey of the Lincoln area to determine the needs in the area. Possible uses are multifamily housing, a golf course, soccer fields, a high-end technology research and education facility, or business.

The marketing firm will have recommendations in January and in February. The final plan will be developed using their recommendations.


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In the meantime, task force members are keeping busy working on a timeline for what needs to be done and who will be responsible for doing it. They will also look into what legislation may be needed for the new development and get that rolling. Previously the center was operated like other health care facilities and was under the license of the Illinois Health Facilities Planning Board. It was the vote of the board that ultimately closed the facility, at the recommendation of former Gov. George Ryan.

Past AFSCME President Don Todd submitted a plan to keep the laid-off LDC workers on a recall list. About 200 of the past employees have not found other work and are available to return to work in the new facilities.

The next meeting is Dec. 17 from noon to 3 p.m. at UIS.

[Jan Youngquist]

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