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Knoxville Aldermen Authorize Development Agreement for Petersen Health Care

WGIL Newsroom . Local News 263

It will officially open in about a year’s time:  the City of Knoxville’s brand new assisted living facility.

During Monday night’s  Knoxville City Council meeting aldermen gave approval for Mayor Bob Johnson to enter into a development agreement with Petersen Health Care by a vote of 6 to 1.

Aldermen were given a brief update regarding Petersen’s status for the former PEO home lot, and were informed the new designs add some more rooms and a memory wing benefiting patients with Alzheimer’s.

Mayor Bob Johnson tells WGIL he remembers while he was just  serving on the council, having an assisted living facility was something city officials had always striven to bring to town.

“People wanted to move to Knoxville, I’m talking about older people, but there was no place to move to.  So then they moved to the other assisted living homes in Galesburg.  But now they can move in here and it’s a beautiful structure.”

Johnson says the facility should add around 20 jobs in the city.

He also says once Petersen moves in, he believes it will open the door for more places like a long-awaited grocery store to move into town.

The project is slated to be complete next May.