Assisted-living facility's layout presented to Gibson City committee

GIBSON CITY — Members of the city 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 in Gibson City for an assisted-living facility and possible future options.

Mayor Dan Dickey said the plat 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 on the west side.

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

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

Committee 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. Aubry added that developers expect a ribbon-cutting ceremony around mid-August. Construction is expected to take a minimum of 10 months.

Aubry also recalled a previous statement by developers promising to start construction despite not having final state legislative approval of the 12-year extension of Gibson City’s second tax increment financing district for the site.

Dickey said legislative approval is virtually assured since all affected taxing bodies approved the extension. Dickey emphasized that Gibson City’s TIF 2 district approvals were unanimous votes by all of the taxing bodies involved, which is a first, according to the city’s TIF attorney, Tom Jacob of Bloomington.

Dickey said all approval letters from taxing districts have been delivered to state Sen. Jason Barickman’s office in Bloomington. Barickman and state Rep. Josh Harms will co-sponsor the legislative approval, which is expected to be voted on in October.

Cindy Brewer, director of the Villas of Hollybrook facility in Monticello, was present to answer committee members’ questions. Brewer said the Monticello facility design is similar to the Gibson City plan.

Aubry asked Brewer to outline procedures for those interested to inquire or reserve a unit at the future Gibson City.

Brewer said the Monticello facility held its grand opening on July 20 and has 28 of its 50 units reserved. Brewer said anyone interested in seeing what the Gibson City facility will be like is welcome to tour the one in Monticello. No appointment is necessary unless visitors want to meet with an administrator on a weekend.

In addition, Brewer said she will present a video tour by appointment in prospective residents’ homes, including evenings and weekends. Prospective residents may pick their desired room location and hold it with a $100 deposit. That deposit will then be applied to the $1,000 deposit required before move in.

Brewer urged anyone interested in two-bedroom units to act quickly, because the two-bedroom units at Monticello went “like that.” She said no financial information is requested, contracts are payable on a monthly basis, and no long-term contract or buy-in is required.

Committee members also inquired about the employment application process.

Brewer emphasized that the facility likes to hire local area residents.

“There’s nothing like having that hometown feeling,” Brewer said.

Brewer said each Villas of Hollybrook facility has only three full-time salaried employees — the director, assistant director and kitchen director.

The remaining employees are part-time, up to 32 hours per week. Part-time positions include certified nursing assistants, resident assistants, housekeeping and maintenance employees and cooks.

In total, the facility will employ 30 to 40 people, Brewer said. The facility will be constructed by Unique Homes, owned by co-developer Reggie Phillips.
Brewer said people can contact her either by email (cindy@villasofhollybrook.com) or phone 631-1136 (office) or 372-1075 (cell).

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nora283 wrote on January 25, 2016 at 7:01 am

So far, the project looks very interesting and if everything goes as planned, the assisted-living facility will help lots of residents. The latest green cleaning technologies will ensure a proper indoor and outdoor air quality, keeping mold or any other harmful odors at bay, so they should be considered once this project is completed.

danny12 wrote on March 23, 2016 at 5:03 pm

Everything about this new place sounds amazing and the best part of it is that's quite affordable too. For sure there are some people already waiting in line to get a spot. Hopefully the new location will be able to accommodate all of those who need it. For the others interested there are some log cabins for sale in Crystal Lake Illinois for those interested, we can't complain about not having a diverse real estate offer in our country.