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2/25/2014 9:57:00 AM
St. Bede project to resume this spring

Jeff Dankert
NewsTribune Reporter

Construction of an assisted living facility at St. Bede Abbey and Academy that began last fall is waiting for warm weather to start up again.

Abbott Philip Davey, O.S.B., said construction halted in December when severe winter weather hit.

“We’re in the process to work it out and resume when the weather gets better,” he said. “There were about three months of work completed on the project, perhaps a little more than that.”

The ground has to thaw and dry up before work can resume, which will roughly coincide with farmers getting into their fields, Davey said.

It is expected to open later this year, he said.

Abbey Fields Assisted Living and Memory Care Community will have 40 units for assisted living and 22 units for Alzheimer’s patients. The estimated $13 million project is expected to employ an estimated 30 people.

The project began as a partnership of St. Bede with RPM Management, Bourbannais and Janko Financial Group LLC, Peru.

In June, Granville Village board approved expanding a Bureau-Putnam County enterprise zone to include development of the center. In mid-September the city of Spring Valley approved the final plat.

Ground was broken in late September on the northwest corner of the St. Bede property.

“We’re just hoping that everything comes together,” Davey said. “The people involved in developing the project are working together to create a satisfactory structure.”

Jeff Dankert can be reached at (815) 220-6977 or at

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