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Observation tower under construction

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Using recycled power poles donated and installed by Eastern Illini Electric Coop and dimensional lumber milled from fallen oaks on the Kurtenbach farm, a viewing platform is taking shape on the property.

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  • Introduction
  • Sustainability
  • Engineering
  • Homes
  • Impact

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In the heart of the most productive corn and soybean acreage in Central Illinois lies a geological anomaly - not great for farming, but perfect for building a lake. Learn more about the land that Franklin Oliver settled on in the 1830s and his descendants' plans to transform the property into a recreational residential destination for the 21st Century.

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Starting from scratch. That's the unique opportunity that exists at Lake Oliver. And it gives the development team a blank canvas on which to paint a plan for a community that uses the very best practices in energy production and conservation, water management, waste treatment and recycling, community education programs, walkable neighborhoods, locally sourced foods, and more. If it's green, it'll be a part of the plan for Lake Oliver.

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There's a good explanation why you don't see new 300-acre, manmade lakes popping up all around. It's complex, costly, and filled with geological and political barriers to be overcome. The Lake Oliver development team has retained some of the foremost authorities on dam design and lake construction to help ensure the necessary approvals to build a safe, sustainable lake community.

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The homes of Lake Oliver will offer a variety of housing types, styles, and price levels. Yet all homes will be built to high standards of energy efficiency, design integrity, and professional fit and finish.

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According to a recently completed economic impact study produced by Western Illinois University, Lake Oliver will produce more than 4,400 person-years of employment over the next 20 years.