Committee gets update on assisted-living facility

GIBSON CITY — Members of the council-appointed assisted-living committee met recently to review progress to bring a Villas of Hollybrook facility to Gibson City.

A drawing was presented showing how developers plan to use land for the facility and possible future options.

Mayor Dan Dickey said the drawing was preliminary and may be subject to "tweaking." The layout shows the main 50-unit assisted-living facility in the center of the area. Future possibilities shown on the layout, and previously discussed with the committee, include a 25-unit memory care unit on the east side and independent-living condominiums on a cul-de-sac west side.

Dickey said developers have now purchased a small amount of additional land in the Railside Estates subdivision from owner Bill Brady of Bloomington. He estimated the total area is now closer to 9 acres instead of 8.

The site is behind Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley Middle School and three existing residences on Meadow Rue Drive at the city's north edge. Access to the facility would be via a private drive that will extend from the intersection of Melvin Street and Meadow Rue Drive.

Chairman Chuck Aubry termed the layout "a pretty good plan that covers almost everything we were hoping for."

Aubry said the developers are scheduled to close July 31 on the land purchase. He added that a ribbon-cutting ceremony is expected to be around mid-August. Construction is expected to take a minimum of 10 months.

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