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Plante Moran Living Forward client Clark-Lindsey Village wraps up phase two

In 2021, Plante Moran Living Forward client Clark-Lindsey Village embarked on a three-phase capital improvement program to reposition its campus. Phase two of three is complete.
RLPS Architects and Broeren Russo Builders celebrate the successful completion and opening of Phase 2 at the University of Illinois Memorial Stadium with Clark-Lindsey Village and Living Forward

Clark-Lindsey Village (CLV), a not-for-profit life plan community in Urbana, Ill., has completed the MeadowLark Assisted Living Memory Care (ALMC) building, which is the second phase of a three-phase campus repositioning project. The organization, which does not have an in-house real estate development team, engaged Plante Moran Living Forward (PMLF) to assist with the predevelopment planning and provide owner’s representation and development advisory services during the implementation.

Commencing the project amid the COVID-19 pandemic, CLV encountered various obstacles. The unprecedented surge in material prices significantly impacted financing strategies, while restrictions prevented design teams from visiting the site. PMLF led the development team through multiple design iterations and creative financing options, helping to turn CLV’s vision into reality.

Phase 1 began in the fall of 2021, was completed in the summer of 2022, and included two 14,000-square-foot quadplexes, a 4,000-square-foot grounds garage, completion of an interior campus road, and updates to the campus’s stormwater retention area.

Phase 2 of the repositioning project involved the construction of MeadowLark ALMC, an 83,500-square-foot building with 38 catered assisted living apartments and 26 memory care apartments, complete with underground parking.

RLPS Architects and Broeren Russo Builders recently hosted a dinner to celebrate the successful completion and opening of Phase 2 at the University of Illinois Memorial Stadium. PMLF Practice Leader and Partner Dana Wollschlager described the event: “The CLV project team celebration was hosted in a neat atmosphere and served as a wonderful occasion to commemorate the opening of the ALMC building. With the unveiling of this newest addition to the CLV campus, the organization now provides a complete spectrum of care, ensuring the elderly residents of Champaign/Urbana, Ill., have access to exceptional living and caregiving services.”

This modern, three-story building connected to core amenities and social spaces gives residents the freedom to live life on their terms while providing individualized support with everyday tasks. MeadowLark ALMC residents have priority access to skilled nursing support in MeadowBrook Health Center and at-home care and nursing services, should the need arise. Residents commenced moving into their new home on March 4, 2024.

Phase 3’s construction will begin this summer and conclude in fall 2025. Phase 3’s plans include an 89,000-square-foot, 45-unit independent living building with underground parking that will be connected to 11,000 square feet of renovated amenity space with fitness areas, a bistro, an art studio, a theatre, a salon, a business center, and a billiards room.

PMLF is excited to be a part of this new chapter for CLV as we continue to provide owner’s representation and development advisory services throughout the planning and execution of the MeadowLark repositioning project.

Contact our team for more information about how we can help senior living communities plan, identify funding, and implement capital improvements across their campuses.

To check out progress on Phase 2’s assisted living and memory care building, watch the time-lapse video:

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