The developers of a senior living neighborhood are awaiting state approval for additional housing units.
Community Development Director Joseph Graves said Golden Management, owned by Steve and Milton Goldenberg, have applied to the The Missouri Housing Development Commission (MHDC) to build Phase II of Oak View Village.
The MHDC must approve the request because these developments are eligible for state and federal tax credits. It is not subsidized, nor assisted living, city officials said.
The second phase would include about 42 units.
“We are just waiting on the word from the MHDC,” said Graves. “We won’t know its decision until mid-December.”
Work is now under way on Phase I of the development for people 55 years and older and their spouses. Children could not live in the development. The Oak West Village will be maintenance free for residents and would include a clubhouse.
Oak View Village is located south of the Union Firehouse No. 3 off Denmark Road. The property is on the west side of Progress Parkway near the site of the future Veterans Memorial Park.
Phase I of the project calls for a 47-unit senior living center. A second lot, or Phase II, is being prepared for future development. A third lot would be the remaining portion of the property which is under contract with the Union R-XI School District.
According to Graves, there is a need for the additional senior housing in the area.
“The Goldenbergs have been in the housing business for quite some time,” Graves said “They’ve done their research so they know there is a need in the county for 55 and older-type of housing.”
“I’ve referred at least 15 people to them for housing,” he added.
The units will have a masonry front, there will be no garages and they will be built on slabs.
Last year, Steve Goldenberg told aldermen that he met with County Seat Senior Center representatives who support the plans and agree that there is a need for additional senior housing in the area.
Steve Goldenberg also told city officials that there was a market study conducted that indicated the need for more housing in Union geared toward senior citizens.
The developers had a similar request more than three years ago, but that development was not approved by MHDC.
Golden Management operates several developments, including one built 40 years ago, and the owners have said they have no plans to build and then sell the senior living community.
The Goldenbergs were the developers of Jack in the Box and QuikTrip.