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Welbrook Bloomington, a new facility from chain Welbrook Senior Living, has nearly finished construction at 1402 Leslie Drive and should be operating in 2017.

BLOOMINGTON — An assisted living home in northeast Bloomington is on track to open before the end of the year.

Construction is nearly finished on Welbrook Bloomington, a facility from chain Welbrook Senior Living, at 1402 Leslie Drive and should be operating in 2017, said Vice President of Business Development Mark Guth.

“We’re expecting to have our construction complete and receive a certificate of occupancy sometime early November,” he told The Pantagraph. "Hopefully we will be licensed (by the state) and ready to operate early December."

The $10.5 million, 72,000-square-foot building will offer 54 assisted living beds and 26 memory care beds. Assisted living is "the minimum amount of assistance people need in order to still be independent,” while memory care is for those with ailments, including Alzheimer's disease, that require more care.

“We will have examples of apartments and units available for the public to see by Sept. 15,” Guth said. “We’ll be establish a local number, and a local person on site around that time. ... We’ll be able to offer tours and answer questions for anyone who wants to come by and see what we’re doing.”

In the meantime, those interested can call 855-Welbrook for more details.

“We’re really excited to be bringing the Welbrook product to the Bloomington-Normal area,” said Guth. “We look forward to being an integral part of the community.”

The facility is Welbrook's first in Illinois. The El Segundo, Calif., company has locations in that state, Colorado, New Mexico, Nevada, and Utah, as well as an Arizona facility in development.

Welbrook Bloomington is the latest in a series of memory care or assisted living facilities that have opened or are in development across Central Illinois. Westminster Village, a longtime Bloomington continuing care retirement community, is undergoing a $33 million expansion and renovation.

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Normal and McLean County Reporter

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