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O’Fallon Council approves independent living facility for Tom Ginnever Avenue

At its meeting on May 28, the O’Fallon City Council passed Bill No. 7186.1 by a vote of 9-1, with council member Rose Mack [Ward 2] opposed. 

The bill, sponsored by Ward 1 council members Dave Hinman and Deana Smith and recommended by the Planning & Zoning Commission [P&Z], approves the area plan for a senior independent living facility with 150 residential units on 16.25 undeveloped acres along Tom Ginnever Avenue.  The development will be known as Meadowlands Estates, with affordable housing for seniors having annual income under a prescribed limit of $53,000.

Jeffrey E. Smith Investment Co., of Columbia, Missouri will be the builder.  This property already is zoned C-2/General Business District PUD/ Planned Unit Development and R-4/Apartment District PUD/Planned Unit Development and is located within an existing Senior Overlay District.  No zoning changes were needed.

[Source: city of O’Fallon]

The Senior Community Overlay District standard for this acreage allows up to 390 units, more than twice the number proposed for Meadowood Estates. A senior development requires the protection of at least 30% open space; of which, at least 40% must be active/passive open space. The planned development exceeds both percentages.

The development would have vehicle access from Tom Ginnever Avenue and T.R. Hughes Boulevard, plus a connection to the existing Meadowland Estates Lane.

The property will be divided into four separate lots:

  • Lot 1: 10 residential apartment buildings with six units apiece, a total of 60 units. One community building with a mail kiosk.
  • Lot 2: One-story commercial office building with a mail kiosk.
  • Lot 3: Six residential apartment buildings with six units apiece, a total of 36 units. Also, one community building with mail kiosk.
  • Lot 4: One residential apartment building with three stories containing 54 units and a mail kiosk.

The applicant has been granted two code exceptions: 1. To not install a buffer yard between the commercial portion of the development and the residential portion. 2. To not install a sight-proof vinyl fence adjacent to a tree preservation area on Lot 4.

P&Z’s six conditions that are part of this approval are:

  1. All signage must be reviewed under a separate process.
  2. A traffic study has been submitted and is under review by the city’s traffic consultant. The development must abide by the recommendations of the city’s traffic consultant.
  1. The internal setbacks created by the proposed lot lines must meet city code.
  2. The city and the developer must discuss further the extent of improvements and the development’s impact so that a contribution amount for future traffic signals on Tom Ginnever Avenue and Cool Springs Road is determined prior to final plan approval.
  3. The accessible sidewalk ramp at the corner of Tom Ginnever Avenue and Meadowland Estates Lane must be replaced with a ramp that will accommodate the new sidewalks.
  4. Engineered wall plans will be required.
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