St. Louis, MO/December 12, 2017 (STL.News) – The decision regarding the senior living Community Expansion Plans could be determined as early as the beginning of the year. Kirkwood City Council will meet to make a decision on whether the owners of Aberdeen Heights can move forward with plans to add a multi-story apartment building on its 20-acre complex.
Owners argue that the expansion is needed to keep up with demand, while a group of neighbors have several opposing concerns. Members have raised concerns about an increase in traffic, potential safety issues and the fact that the current plan is a change from an agreement reached a decade ago that called for any future expansion to be limited to 18 cottages. There are also concerns about whether more unplanned growth will occur.
Aberdeen Heights, located at 575 Couch Ave., is on the site of the former SSM St. Joseph Hospital in southwest Kirkwood, near St. Louis Community College’s Meramec campus. The facility, built in 2010, is owned by Kansas-based Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America. Its chief executive officer is not aware of a decade-old agreement beyond a special use permit with the city. That permit establishes the parameters Aberdeen Heights needs to follow because there are no regulations for such a development, CEO Bruce Shogren said.
The company is seeking to reduce the amount of green space on the property from 55 percent to 50. The other revision deals with the number of units allowed. The expansion calls for 50 additional independent living apartments, 18 more memory care spaces, and 16 additional private nursing suites. The proposal includes a dining venue and chapel.
Even though there are no plans for more growth, Shogren admitted that could change.
Nearby residents have started a petition drive to rein-in the growth plans at Aberdeen Heights. “It’s just unacceptable and it raises questions about the future and viability of our neighborhood,” Paulsen said.
By Alexandra R. Fasulo – published on STL.News by St. Louis Media, LLC (MS)
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