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New assisted living facility gets first OKs

Utz + Associates Architects has submitted plans for a proposed assisted living facility on the far southeast side of Shelbyville, including this image of what it is to look like. The Shelbyville Common Council approved annexing the land into the city and a request to rezone the site for institutional use, and sent the proposal back to the Shelbyville Plan Commission for additional evaluation.

By JOHN WALKER - jwalker@shelbynews.com

A proposal for a new assisted living development will go back to the city’s Plan Commission following initial approvals by the Shelbyville Common Council.

The council has voted to annex a nearly 7.7-acre site into the city and rezone 4.4 acres, a total of 12.1 acres, for the proposed project. 

During discussion about the annexation request, the project designer, Bill Utz, president of Utz + Associates Architects of Effingham, Illinois, told the council that Timber Creek Village would be 38,000 square feet in size, designed in a “rustic, residential” style. 

“It’ll have 43 beds,” Utz said.

Eventually, the facility could include up to 65 beds, he added, at the City Council’s meeting on Wednesday evening in Shelbyville City Hall, 44 W. Washington St.

The site of the project is located on the city’s far southeast side, just east of Progress Parkway and directly south of Twelve Oaks, near Southern Trace, two of the city’s newer subdivisions.

Councilman Brad Ridgeway (R-4th Ward) said they’d be neighbors.

“I live diagonally across from you. I’m excited about it; it’s going to be a good addition to that area,” he said.

Ridgeway also asked how it was for the developer working with the city on the project.

Utz said aside from questions about grades at the site from the Shelbyville Plan Commission’s technical review committee, which they get with every project no matter where it is, he noted, the experience was good.

Senior Health Specialties Inc. of Effingham would operate the facility, and Mayor Tom DeBaun asked if it would offer memory care.

It will not, said Shelley Nuelle-Welch, director of operations-senior retirement communities, at the company.

The council voted 6-0 to approve the annexation. Councilman David Carmony (R-2nd Ward) was absent.

Following the annexation vote, the council also voted 6-0 to rezone the site from a business use to an institutional classification for the assisted living facility. 

The proposal now returns to the Shelbyville Plan Commission for further review.