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Lake Saint Louis looks toward future residential needs

Not all new development in Lake Saint Louis is focused on young people and growing families – older adults also are starting to get noticed.

The city’s Board of Aldermen approved a site plan and special use permit at its July 20 meeting for a 60-bed skilled nursing facility to be known as the Cottages of Lake St. Louis. The vote was 5-0 with Alderman Karen Vennard (Ward 2) absent.

The $10.2 million facility would include six model homes that would accommodate 10 patients each. Each resident would have separate bathrooms and bedrooms, according to a certificate of need application filed with the Missouri Health Facilities Review Committee. The committee, on July 13, approved the certificate, which is required for new medical facilities to operate.

The 5.20-acre parcel on which the facility is to be located is south of Technology Drive, east of Feise Commercial Drive, and northwest of Hwy. 364. The application was submitted by Focused Senior Communities. The owners listed on the certificate of need application are Seniors West LLC.

City Administrator Paul Markworth said there was little opposition to the development. The site could have been used for other commercial development, such as a strip mall or store fronts, that nearby residents may not have liked, he said.

The nursing facility is the latest in several new developments geared toward seniors. Markworth said Lutheran Senior Services may be breaking ground on a major senior development next year. In September 2013, the city approved the rezoning of 37.29 acres to allow Lutheran Senior Services to develop a senior care and retirement center. That proposed development site is northeast of Interstate 64 and bounded by Civic Center Drive, Dauphine Drive and Freymuth Road.

Lutheran Senior Services wants to develop four buildings during the first phase of construction. The buildings include two four-story independent living apartment buildings, a four-story building with 80 beds for long-term and assisted living care, and a two-story center for dining and other activities.

Lutheran Senior Services was attracted to the site because the city lacks a living and care facility for older adults, officials said in 2013. Further expansion would add more than 150 beds.

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