A new skilled nursing development in Lake Saint Louis that may be new to the St. Louis area could become a reality soon.
The city’s Board of Aldermen approved a bill authorizing the city to enter an escrow agreement and accept a letter of credit at their July 5 meeting that will allow the development of the Cottages of Lake St. Louis, a skilled nursing and rehabilitation facility.
The facility will be located on a 5.2-acre site at 2885 Technology Drive, at the southeast corner of Technology and Feise Commercial Drive near the Highway 364-Interstate 64 interchange.
The letter of credit guarantees the completion of grading, installation of site improvements and maintenance of erosion control at the site and allows the city to issue building permits. The board has already approved the site plan.
The Cottages of Lake Saint Louis will include six separate residences or “cottages” of 7,149 square feet each that will be designed according to a model developed by the Green House Project, a national non-profit organization. The development will include a 5,000-square-foot administration building.
The model calls for residences to have a central dining room, great room with a fireplace, den, spa, and an open kitchen. This area will be surrounded by 10 private resident rooms with full bathrooms.
All cooking and care will provided at the home with residents having complete control over their daily schedule. Nurses will be on-site 24 hours a day.
“It’s new to Missouri but it’s a concept in 30 other states and it’s been around since 2002,” said Al Beamer, chief executive officer with Focused Senior Communities LLC, which is the developer. Beamer said the skilled nursing facility will be built according to a model developed by the Green House Project, a national non-profit organization.
Beamer said the concept emphasizes the independence of each resident, with them allowed to walk up and take meals when they want them and not according to a schedule. Each cottage will have a large landscaped patio with gardens and walking paths.
Focused Senior Communities was granted a certificate of need for a 60-bed Cottage of Lake Saint Louis facility last year by the Missouri Health Facilities Review Committee, which reviews health care proposals in the state.
A groundbreaking for the facility was held on July 6. Beamer said the facility is expected to be completed by mid-January 2017.