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RANTOUL — Drew Huddleston said the weather has been almost ideal this winter for construction of a 65,000-square-foot assisted-living and memory care unit in Rantoul.
“We’ve not experienced any weather delays,” said Huddleston, project oversight manager for Unique Homes, which is building Villas of Holly Brook and Reflections Memory Care along Murray Road on Rantoul’s west side.
“We really couldn’t ask for a better winter as far as construction,” said Huddleston, who is based in Charleston. “The roofers pulled off once (last week) when the snow hit. If the snow is heavy enough, the boards will get slick.”
An October completion date has been targeted for the project, which is located in the Stone Bridge subdivision, east of Rantoul Wal-Mart.
Huddleston said in addition to roofing, the work now involves framing and doing rough-in work for electric, HVAC, gas lines and plumbing. Drywall and insulation work will follow.
“Once you get past the rough-ins and dry (wall), it pretty much takes off,” Huddleston said.
The Rantoul project is one of several assisted-living/memory care units Quality Homes is building. Facilities are also going up in Charleston, Morton and Washington, Ill., while the company is currently building two in Bloomington.
“We’re all over (the place),” Huddleston said, adding that facilities in Pekin and Brazil, Ind., just had their grand openings. The company is also expanding into South Carolina and Florida, according to Unique Homes President Reggie Phillips.
“Our goal is to have an opening every month,” Huddleston said.
Huddleston said the design of all of the facilities is pretty much the same except for minor tweaks.
Work is done primarily by subcontractors.
“When it comes down to finishing time a couple weeks before grand opening, we have some carpenter guys work for us and fine tune everything so it’s looking sharp,” Huddleston said.
He said Unique Homes tries to hire local subcontractors whenever possible.
The facility will have 50 assisted-living apartments and 28 memory-care units.
Phillips’ son, Chad, of Unique Homes said earlier the company researched the needs of senior citizens and “found our niche. This is where our vision comes in. I can see projects prior to ground breaking.”
He said the Rantoul project lends itself well to the growth and expansion of the vision of the Villas of Holly Brook.
Local developers Gerald Warner and Kristi Pflugmacher partnered with Unique Homes to bring the facility to Rantoul.
The assisted-living project will include one-bedroom, two-bedroom or two-bedroom deluxe apartments.
The memory care unit residents can choose a suite, and memory care therapies will include a sensory room, horticulture therapy, art therapy, music therapy and cognitive activities.
The Villas of Holly Brook and Reflections Memory Care employs about 600 people.
At a meeting last year, village of Rantoul and Villas of Holly Brook officials dealt with concerns of neighborhood residents about possible noise from delivery and garbage trucks, the location of streets and buildings as well as drainage issues posed by the new facility.
Jeff Mathews, Villas of Holly Brook regional director, said if the memory care unit gets to full occupancy, the company will wait three months to make sure it remains that way and will then begin construction on Phase II of the project. A parking lot will be built on the north side, but not a road.