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Villas of Holly Brook nears completion

$9 million facility expected to bring 40 to 50 jobs to the city

Construction is nearing completion at the Villas of Holly Brook, an assisted living and memory care facility being built east of Streator.

Executive Director Deb Clayton said the $9 million facility built in a new tax increment financing district is looking at mid-October as the end date for construction, but it has to wait for the state’s licensure process before opening.

Construction on the Villas of Holly Brook began in spring 2018, which Clayton said was right around the time when the area was hit by a 100-year flood. The ground was extremely wet when construction crews broke ground, and now COVID-19 has caused more delays. The facility still is, however, progressing as scheduled.

“We’ve leased 16 apartments already and I’m getting calls daily, so that’s been positive,” Clayton said. “People are seeing the possibilities here, especially with the memory care. That’s something Streator has needed: specialized, individualized units for people with dementia.”

Clayton said the facility hired four initial employees and a wellness director; once it is able to open, she expects there to be between 45 and 50 employees.

The building will have 50 assisted living apartments in its east wing, and its west wing will be a 24-unit memory care facility.

“We’re a very diverse, faith-based, family-owned company with homes in Illinois, Indiana and Florida and we’re very stable in an unstable time.” Clayton said of the business model.

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