Kirkwood residents voice opposition to plan to expand senior liv -

Kirkwood residents voice opposition to plan to expand senior living apartments

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Kirkwood’s planning and zoning commission voted not to recommend its city council approve a plan to expand a senior living facility on Wednesday after opposition from many residents.

Residents packed Wednesday’s planning and zoning meeting to speak out against the plan put forward by Aberdeen Heights.

The plan calls for 18 more memory care suites, 16 more private nursing care suites and 50 more independent living residences along with a new chapel and dining venues near the intersection of Ann and Altus.

Resident Kathy Paulsen said the project would create more traffic, overcrowding and jeopardize safety.

“It is like an apartment building, but this area is zoned residential for one-third acre lots,” said Paulsen.

Aberdeen’s representatives announced the proposal includes more units requested than approved in 2007.

Paulsen represents more than 1100 people who signed a petition against phase two of the project.

“We don’t understand why the city and PMMA (Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America) would want to change the plan other than to make a profit for themselves,” said Paulsen.

Many other residents at the meeting shared similar sentiments.

Bruce Shogren, President & CEO of Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America, released the following statement:

“While disappointed with the outcome of the Planning and Zoning vote, the leadership teams of Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America and Aberdeen Heights are aware of the concerned neighbors’ points of uneasiness and have been working diligently to address their concerns.  Thanks to the guidance and recommendations from the members of Kirkwood’s Planning and Zoning Committee, we finalized the plan for Aberdeen Heights’ Phase II with confidence that it addresses the concerns of some of our neighbors.

In addition, we firmly believe that the expansion plan also addresses the need for more senior housing due to the projected increases in the senior population in Kirkwood and St. Louis.

This expansion plan speaks to who we are as a not-for-profit organization, with nearly 70 years of experience in senior living industry, with 17 communities in Missouri and Kansas.    PMMA is proud of its heritage and future - in providing quality services for seniors and their families.”

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