Considerable campus for Carle consolidation

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DANVILLE, Ill. (WCIA) — Carle is combining two of its locations to create a new medical campus in Vermilion County. The single, multi-purpose site will provide primary, surgical and specialty healthcare.

It’s part of a $50 million pan that will consolidate its current facilities in the 300-block of West Fairchild and the 2300-block of North Vermilion Street into a proposed development spanning about 17-acres.

“It’s going to clean up a neighborhood for us, and it’s going to give hope to the adjacent neighborhoods,” said Danville Mayor Rickey Williams.

Right now Carle has two locations in the city – one on Vermilion Street and another on Fairchild. City leaders are calling this change the biggest development since Towne Center Mall, but there’s still a lot left to be done.

“I believe that August 21, 2019 is going to be a day in the history of Danville and Vermilion County when people say we started to turn the corner,” said Danville Mayor Rickey Williams.

It may be a day that goes down in history, but it took a lot of work to get to this point.

“We’re going to have a brand new development in what was a struggling neighborhood, so the assessed valuation, meaning our property tax revenue will come in, additional revenue means that we can ask for less from our citizens or at least not ask for more,” said Williams.

Because the new proposed Carle site is in a centrally-located spot near downtown Danville, a lot of home and business owners will have to move. City leaders say they’re working with those home and business owners on that process.

“A lot of residents have already been relocated. Carle did work to provide relocation and moving services for them,” said Williams.

We talked to some business owners who work along the proposed site. They haven’t moved yet, and they aren’t happy with the idea. But they are interested in seeing the amount of money they’re offered for the move.

Mayor Williams believes the development will be a bonus for the businesses left nearby.

“We have Leon’s diner, we have Rich’s Deluxe restaurant, all within two or three blocks of this. I think they’re going to have a lot more business.”

They hope it opens doors for years to come.

“As they continue to grow, they’ll need services,” said Vermilion Advantage President and CEO Vicki Haugen.

The development depends on working out zoning issues and getting state approval of a certificate of need. If everything goes smoothly, it should be finished by the end of 2021.

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