New assisted living facility could be coming to Ellisville

2012-10-09T00:15:00Z 2013-03-24T10:35:14Z New assisted living facility could be coming to EllisvilleMary Shapiro MSHAPIRO@YOURJOURNAL.COM stltoday.com

A new, four-story Fountains of West County assisted living facility could be coming to Clayton Road in Ellisville.

The city council is set to vote Wednesday, Oct. 17, on a conditional use permit and a site development plan that would allow construction of  the 60,620-square-foot building on 1.6 acres at 15820 Clayton Road. The building would contain 50 one-bedroom units that would rent for about $5,000 a month. There would be 28 parking spaces and 10 employees.

The site would be immediately east of the existing Fountains of West County independent living facility at 15826 Clayton Road. The three-story building has 160 one- and two-bedroom units that lease for between $3,000 and $3,500 per month.

The Fountains of West County LLC would like to merge both sites once new financing comes through, John King, the attorney representing the company, said.

The new building would have brick and stone architecture, similar to the existing one, he said.

Council member Linda Reel said she was concerned about the new building's height, but King said homeowners to the south haven't objected to the height, especially because the building would be 225 feet from its nearest neighbor.

"This would be a transitional facility for those in the existing independent living building prior to needing a higher level of care," King said. "Anyone needing skilled nursing care would have to leave the assisted care facility."

 Councilman Matt Pirrello asked that a small fence be added for safety on top of a planned five-foot-tall retaining wall in the rear of the complex.

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