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Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2008 04:43 pm

Homecoming

Abundant Faith opens new senior living facility

Untitled Document Despite a minor setback last month, Abundant Faith Christian Center is moving forward with its affordable housing projects and will host the grand opening of Timberlake Estates — its first independent senior living facility — at noon Tuesday, Jan. 15.
Project manager Sheleda Doss says the ceremony will feature keynote speaker Deshana Forney, director of the Illinois Development Authority, and include other such possible guests as state Sen. Larry Bomke, Illinois Department of Aging director Charles Johnson, and a representative from U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin’s office. Timberlake Estates — a $10 million, 64,000-square-foot facility — was completed in December and already houses several residents. In addition to contemporary one- and two-bedroom apartments plans, the building offers a café, a beauty salon and barber shop, a banquet hall, sunrooms, a fitness center, and a theater to seniors ages 55 years and older. Doss says that applications are being reviewed and that she expects the three-story building to be mostly full by the end of January. Abundant Faith recently began construction on the second phase of its senior housing development, the Timberlake Estates Supportive Living Facility. The Rev. Jerry Doss says the property was jeopardized when the City Council delayed action last month on approving the final plat and site development of the project because of unresolved concerns with the Nehemiah Expansion, another church-related development led by the Rev. Silas Johnson of Calvary Baptist Church. The Rev. Doss says that as a result Abundant Faith nearly missed its end-of-the-year deadline to close final documents with the bank, but the issue was resolved. “We got it done; it just made things more difficult than they had to be,” he says. The new three-story supportive-living facility will include 60 units and is expected to be completed by the end of this year.

Contact Amanda Robert at arobert@illinoistimes.com.
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