Plans are in the works to establish the first adult daycare center in Franklin County, and it will be located in St. Clair.

The St. Clair planning board voted 5-0, with one absent Sept. 12, to approve a conditional use permit that will allow Attending Angels Home Care of St. Clair to proceed with plans to convert the former Pizza Shack building at 130 Highway AB into a daycare facility for the elderly.

Mike Mahoney, president and CEO of Attending Angels, said the center will offer services for clients of the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services.

“We will offer activities during the day so clients can stay active and better their health,” he told the board. “It will be the first property in Franklin County to off such services for the city of St. Clair and surrounding cities.”

Mahoney stated in his CUP application that the building is in disrepair, which has a negative impact on the neighborhood, and remodeling and repairing it will enhance the surrounding area.

Currently, the property is zoned for light industrial, but City Inspector Jeremy Crowe said the city’s future land use map as adopted through the Envision 2020 Comprehensive Plan depicts the property as commercial and therefore, he said the proposed use should conform to areas zoned commercial. Under a commercial zoning, an adult daycare center is a permitted use.

The board also approved a site plan for Liberty Baptist Church located at 219 Airport Road.

The church is planning to expand both the first floor and the basement at the rear of the church to add 2,400 square feet total for additional Sunday school classrooms and office space.

There also will be an added entrance to the first and second floors that will be compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

The plan will go before the board of aldermen for final approval.