A new Union business still in development requested a building permit extension.

Community Care Center of Union is under development at 1080 Marie Lane off St. Andrews Drive. The project has been slow going and run into obstacles, according to a letter sent by company president Christina M. Giardina.

Building permits expire after one year and Community Care Center said expiration date is looming. Giardina requested an extension in order to complete the project and not have to apply for a new permit.

In a letter presented Monday night at the city’s personnel, finance and public works committee meeting, Giardina said the project was delayed initially because of an issue with the soil.

Unbeknownst to the company, Giardina said the ground had 3 feet of “plastic” soil that had to be removed and 12,000 tons of gravel needed to be added to the site.

Plastic soil is unstable and not recommended for construction projects. It expands or contracts like clay depending on the temperature and can negatively impact foundations.

Giardina said another issue happened in May when the owner, James Giardina died. Following his death, the project slowed down so the family could get organized and make plans on how to move forward.

Christina Giardina told the city the hope is the construction is finished within the next six to eight weeks.

The committee agreed to grant the extension and said it would give the company eight weeks from the permit’s expiration date to get the work done.

If the work still isn’t done, the committee said the company may need to explain the delays or apply for another permit.

Care Center Services

The center will offer long- and short-term care. The company operates 17 facilities in Missouri and Illinois, including Meramec Nursing Center in Sullivan.

The 34,000-square-foot nursing home will employ approximately 60 people.

According to the building permit granted by the city, the facility will cost approximately $6 million to build. Cochran, Union, is the project engineer.

Half of the beds will be dedicated to longer term care while the other half will be for “rehab to home,” for patients who need rehab after being discharged from the hospital but before they can safely return home.

Plans for a skilled nursing facility in Union were underway in 2012 with another regional operator and investor in senior housing properties.

In July 2012, the Missouri Health Facilities Review Committee approved the need for a 60-bed facility long-term care in Franklin County.

The Certificate of Need (CON) Program is operated by the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, Missouri Health Facilities Review Committee. The program’s goal is to contain costs, improve quality and increase access for many of Missouri’s major health care services, according to the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services.

The certificate of need was transferred to Community Care Centers.