JEFFERSON CITY — A state panel has put the brakes on a $22 million nursing home project proposed in St. Charles County.
The Missouri Health Facilities Review Commission voted Monday to table plans for the Ignite St. Peters complex after questions were raised about whether there is a need for more bed space in the region.
In documents submitted to the commission, the Indiana-based company that is seeking to build the 91-bed skilled nursing facility said the county has a need for 662 nursing home beds based on current population.
But the eight-member panel directed the Department of Health and Senior Services to “double check” to determine whether that was the case because “St. Charles County appears to be already heavily populated with long-term care facilities,” agency spokeswoman Lisa Cox said.
The project, which has the backing of a number of Republican lawmakers from St. Charles County, is not expected to come back to the commission before its March quarterly meeting.
The panel is charged with regulating the number of health care facilities that are built and operating in the state.
Ignite St. Peters LLC, which is a subsidiary of the Leo Brown Group, wants to build on a 5.5-acre parcel on the south side of Executive Centre Parkway, between St. Peters Centre Boulevard and Piper Hill Drive.
The company said the facility will combine “amenities found in an upscale hotel with care and services of an advanced rehabilitation center,” including a therapy gym, cafe and restaurant, and full-service spa.
In letters to the committee, lawmakers including Sen. Bill Eigel of Weldon Spring, said the facility would be a good fit in the area.
“Additionally, it will be significantly situated within the St. Peters health care corridor that provides a variety of health care related services to residents from throughout the region,” Eigel wrote.
The project consultant is lobbyist John Bardgett, who helped co-host at least one high-dollar fundraiser for Gov. Mike Parson in his successful campaign for a full, four-year term.
Following Monday’s meeting, Parson called on legislative leaders to submit the names of four lawmakers who sit on the board in order to ensure there is a quorum the next time the commission meets.
The previous four legislative members no longer are members of the House and Senate because of term limits, resignations or election losses.
Bardgett did not return a message left at his office.