CARBONDALE — A preliminary site plan for a nursing home in Carbondale to replace the Rehab and Care Center of Jackson County was approved Tuesday by the Carbondale City Council.

Approval came after Unlimited Development Inc., which is building the home, and homeowners at Liberty Village worked together to address issues brought up by the homeowners. Among those issues were parking spots, lighting and security cameras and a berm near the east side of the proposed home.

Mayor Joel Fritzler said he was glad to see the sides come to agreement on potential pitfalls to construction of the new facility.

“I wasn’t going to let their problems become our problems,” Fritzler said.

Councilman Chris Wissmann said both sides acted reasonably to fix the issues.

Councilwoman Jane Adams said the process appeared to be a model for developers and prospective neighbors.

Manor Court of Carbondale is expected to be a $13.7 million facility with 120 beds on the campus of Liberty Village. The new home’s targeted opening date is Jan. 31, 2014.

Councilman Don Monty amended the planned unit development plan to include a prohibition against the new nursing home exceeding 62,000 square feet.

About half the members of the Jackson County Board attended Tuesday’s meeting.

The amended plan passed by a unanimous vote. The city council will approve final plans.

The council tabled passage of a special service area agreement for the city’s downtown until its next meeting so more information on the pros and cons on how the tax levy is used and the services received by property owners could be gathered.

Hearings for Tax Increment Finance Districts near Oakland Avenue and Sycamore Street and University and Illinois avenues were set for Dec. 11.

The council also approved an ordinance change allowing catered alcohol for SIU events at certain locations on campus.

The Carbondale City Council meets again Nov. 13.

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