Aldermen unanimously approved two requests by developer Ed Schmelz Monday night, after brief public hearings for each yielded no comments.

Schmelz’s plans call for a new 55 and older living community on Denmark Road.

According to Schmelz, the Denmark Villas will be constructed directly across from Stablestone Estates on just under 10 acres of land there.

The development will feature 53 units for lease only. The site is just west of the city’s wastewater treatment plant off Denmark Road.

The villas will be similar to those constructed off Independence Drive.


Schmelz also requested an amendment to the Independence Valley North senior housing development.

The amendment, which applies only to the north side of Independence, will allow another six senior units be built in the Independence Valley development.

Schmelz told aldermen that originally, he was holding the lot farthest to the east, along Independence and North Church, for a potential future commercial use.

“After seeing an increase in demand for the senior units and the heavy traffic there at North Church, Independence and 47, I really didn’t want to do anything commercial that could clog up that intersection any more than it already is,” Schmelz said. “So I thought the best thing would be to extend my road to the east and add six more units there.”

One lot on the plat will be used 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.