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Senior living facility in St. Peters wins state approval

JEFFERSON CITY • A state panel gave a green light Monday to an Illinois company to build a 110-bed assisted living facility in St. Peters.

In a unanimous vote, the Missouri Health Facilities Review Committee approved plans by Naperville, Ill.-based Ryan Companies to build Clarendale of St. Peters on an 11-acre tract at the southeast corner of Mexico Road and Dubray Drive.

The $12.5 million project, which will take an estimated 18 months to build, won support from state and local officials, despite a formula that suggests there are enough assisted-living beds in the region.

“I think this meets a great need,” said Sen. Bill Eigel, R-Weldon Spring.

“It will have a huge economic impact on St. Charles County and our state,” added Rep. Phil Christofanelli, R-St. Peters.

Once complete, the facility is expected to create 85 jobs.

St. Peters Mayor Len Pagano told the committee that the city already has given its approval to the project, which could be under construction within 30 days.

State approval was needed under a law requiring health care providers to justify the need for their facilities in order to prevent the duplication of health services in a given geographic area.

Supporters said the formula used to determine the need for additional beds in St. Peters is flawed because it included facilities in parts of St. Louis County. Many residents will not want to move into a facility that is across the Missouri River, said lobbyist Rick Watters of Des Moines-based Life Care Services, which will operate the center.

“The difference between the counties is significant,” Watters said.

They also said the population of seniors age 65 and older is projected to grow by 4.1 percent between 2010 and 2021.

The development also will include 22 single-story villas dedicated to independent living for seniors.

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