The Union Planning and Zoning Board gave first-round approval to the preliminary plat of Oak View Village senior living center.

The board made the recommendation Monday that aldermen approve the 28.11-acre plat located south of the Union Firehouse No. 3 off Denmark Road. The property is west of Progress Parkway.

Cameron Lueken, with Wunderlich Surveying and Engineering, LLC, said there will be three lots on the property.

The first lot will be Phase I of the project which calls for a 46-unit senior living center. The second lot, or Phase II, would be prepared for future development. Lot three would be the remaining portion of the property which is under contract with the Union R-XI School District.

The first two lots will be accessed by Progress Parkway, Lueken added.

Plans call for a village for people 55 years and older and their spouses. Children could not live in the development. The Oak West Village would be maintenance free for residents and would include a clubhouse.

The Missouri Housing Development Commission (MHDC) approved the request by Steve and Milton Goldenberg, with Golden Management, in January after determining a need for this senior housing in Franklin County.

The development, called Oak View Village, will be eligible for state and federal tax credits.

It is not subsidized, nor assisted living, city officials said.

Steve Goldenberg told planning board members that the developers would be willing to install a walkway as requested by aldermen.

“We think that would be a complete positive for our development,” he said. “We will work with the city to give whatever it takes to make that happen.”

City Administrator Russell Rost said the walkway could lead to future businesses south of the development.

“It could be an enhancement. There could be developments including amenities that residents use in the future,” he said.

Lueken noted that the walkway would be included in the second phase of the project.

“We have enough time to work out the details,” he said.

Goldenberg said the units will have a masonry front, there will be no garages and they will be built on slabs.

When asked by zoning board member John Allen, Goldenberg said 33 percent of the units will be ADA (Americans With Disabilities Act) compliant. The minimum requirement is 5 percent, he added.

Last year, 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.

There are 44 acres of city-owned property located across the street from where the proposed senior living community would be built.

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 the Jack in the Box and QuikTrip.