Lakeview Community Schools to sell land to developer

By Mike Taylor • Last Updated 1:06 pm on Tuesday, January 15, 2013

LAKEVIEW — Members of the Lakeview Community Schools Board of Education voted unanimously Monday evening to sell a district-owned parcel of land across from Bright Start Elementary School to a developer who plans to turn the property into an adult care facility.

The 3.7-acre parcel abuts a similarly sized parcel of land owned by the village of Lakeview. Crestwood Holdings LLC plans to purchase both properties for the planned facility.

According to Crestwood representative Tim Lambrecht, who addressed the board prior to the vote being taken, Lakeview was selected for the new adult care facility both because the location is ideal and the community offers many amenities that dovetail with the needs of such a business.

“We’re partial to being near schools because of the synergy between the schools and what we do,” Lambrecht said. “We really felt that Lakeview was the place we wanted to be.”

Village Manager James Freed has been vocal in his support of the project, noting the jobs and tax revenue the facility will bring to the community. At Tuesday’s meeting, Freed said the business could generate from 30 to 40 new jobs in the village. Lambrecht set that number at closer to 26.

“We have another, similar facility in Alma,” Lambrecht said. “Right now we have about 26 employees there. That may seem like a lot, but we’re very much a people-oriented business and we’re 24/7.”

Lambrecht noted there are many hurdles Crestwood will have to clear before development of the property can begin in earnest; however, if all goes as planned, ground could be broken on the project as early as this spring.

Crestwood is acquiring enough property that it will be able to expand the facility somewhat in the future, should there be a need.

“This will be phase one,” Lambrecht said. “If we need to, we can move on to phase two and expand.”

The facility will be made up of apartments, both for single adults and couples.

“Now we have to go through the process of obtaining all the necessary permits,” Lambrecht said. “We have a bank that has already given us a thumbs-up on the project, based on past performance. If there are no snafus, by spring we will be digging dirt.”

Board President Ed Jonaitis said the sale of the land was a win-win for the district.

“We do think there’s a real need for this in our community, and it’s great the school had a piece of land we didn’t intend to use for anything,” Jonaitis said. “We hope it will work out great for them.”

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