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A common room serves as a gathering place for residents of the Villas of Holly Brook in Gibson City. A Villas facility is under construction in Bloomington and is expected to open in January 2017.

PATTI WELANDER, Pantagraph file photo

BLOOMINGTON — A Charleston firm is building an assisted living and memory care complex in southwest Bloomington and plans next spring to begin a second facility on the city's far east side.

Construction on the $4 million Villas of Holly Brook Assisted Living and Reflections Memory Care, 2016 Fox Creek Road, began Oct. 29, said Chad Phillips, a partner in the project.

The two-story, 60,000-square-foot facility will include 50 assisted living units and 20 memory care units.

The facility is expected to employ between 45 to 55 full- and part-time employees when it opens in January 2017.

The 2.7-acre site was purchased from the Knights of Columbus Council 574.

The Villas of Holly Brook at Towanda Barnes Road project proposes a single-story facility with 50 assisted living units and 32 memory care unit. A possible second phase could add another 29 units for assisted living.

The proposed facility's 11-acre site is located on the northeast corner of Towanda Barnes and General Electric roads.

The 65,000-square-foot facility would cost about $8 million. The facility would employ 55 to 65 full- and part-time employees. Completion of construction is anticipated by the spring of 2017, said Phillips.

“We've researched the competition in Bloomington and we really feel like there is a need for this level of care in Bloomington; where an individual comes in and we size up a package that is all-inclusive for them in a new, state-of-the-art facility that offers all of the amenities you'd love to have at home,” said Phillips.

Those amenities will include three meals a day, housekeeping, laundry, medication management and transportation to and from appointments. Exercise equipment, activities, gardening area, coffee lounge, theater room and lounging areas are offered, said Phillips.

“The assisted living units in each structure will be alike — spacious, one-bedroom or two-bedroom units, walk-in closets, plenty of storage, and mini kitchens with refrigerators and microwaves,” said Phillips. “There will be an on-site management team at each facility. Each facility will be staffed with CNAs (certified nursing assistants) and nurses.

The company has built 16 senior assisted living complexes and nine more are under construction, including the Fox Creek facility, said Phillips. The Villas of Holly Brook's other locations included Washington, Morton, Chatham, Monticello, Gibson City, Savoy, Herrin and Harrisburg and Pekin.

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