Work is under way at the site of a senior living center on the east side of Union.
Crews are now installing much of the infrastructure, including water and sewer lines, at Oak View Village located south of the Union Firehouse No. 3 off Denmark Road. The property is west of Progress Parkway.
Plans call for a development 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.
City Administrator Russell Rost said there is a need for this type of development in Union, and in Franklin County.
“We’re kind of an aging society,” he said. “The bulk of the baby boomers are entering retirement and people are living longer — there is a need for that type of housing.”
He added that similar developments, including Gray Hawk Village in Union, have been successful.
Rost further explained that Benchmark Healthcare has been approved to build an assisted living facility that could have the capacity of 80 beds.
While the Benchmark and Oak View Village developments are geared toward different demographics, they both address the aging community.
“There is definitely a need for additional senior housing and services,” Rost said.
Phase I of the project calls for a 47-unit senior living center. A second lot, or Phase II, would be 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.
The first two lots will be accessed by Progress Parkway.
The Missouri Housing Development Commission (MHDC) approved the request by Golden Management, owned by Steve and Milton Goldenberg, in January after determining a need for this senior housing in Franklin County.
The development will be eligible for state and federal tax credits.
It is not subsidized, nor assisted living, city officials said.
Steve Goldenberg has said the units will have a masonry front, there will be no garages and they will be built on slabs.
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.
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.