Gibson City assisted-living committee meeting with developer

GIBSON CITY — An assisted-living facility may be coming soon to Gibson City.

The new, council-appointed Assisted Living Committee recently held its first meeting to hear from an interested developer. A second presentation by another developer is scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday at the council chambers at City Hall.

Meetings of the 11-member committee are open to the public. The committee's chairman is Chuck Aubry, recently retired superintendent of the Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley school district.

At its first meeting last week, the committee learned that a partnership which has facilities in communities with similar demographics is investigating the feasibility of a facility in Gibson City.

The two partners are Joe Warner, a Rantoul businessman, who attended the meeting, and Reggie Phillips, owner of Unique Homes of Charleston, who was not present.

The committee also learned the partnership is considering two locations in Gibson City. They are the 7.2-acre property east of Niemann's County Market owned by Quincy-based Niemann Foods or a 7- to 8-acre plot north of Gibson City's middle school owned by the developers of Railside Estates—Pinehurst Development, a division of Brady Homes of Bloomington.

The partnership has built other assisted living facilities in the area, most recently the Villas of Holly Brook in Monticello. Other facilities are located in Marshall, Newton, Herrin, Chatham, Effingham and Shelbyville.

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