After a brief public hearing last week, plans for a new 55 and older living community will go to the board of aldermen for its consideration.

Union developer Ed Schmelz told the planning and zoning commission that the villas will be constructed directly across from Stablestone Estates on approximately 10 acres. The site is just west of the city’s wastewater treatment plant off Denmark Road.

The villas, for lease only, will be similar to those constructed on Independence Drive, “Independence Valley.”

There were no comments during the public hearing.


A separate public hearing was held for a requested amendment to the Independence Valley North planned unit development, between Washington Avenue and Church Street on Independence Drive.

Schmelz said that originally, he was holding the lot furthest to the east for a potential future commercial use.

“Given the poor access of North Church and Independence right there, and with the success I’ve had with the senior units, I’ve decided to add six more units on the end of that street,” he told the commission.

The change applies only to the north side of Independence.

The second part of the request involves using one lot to house a climate-controlled storage building.

There were no comments during the public hearing and the request will go to the board of aldermen for final approval.