Public meeting planned in SK

Friday, November 23, 2007

The third phase of a senior housing development in Shell Knob is about to be launched. A public meeting will be held at 6 p.m. on Nov. 29 at the Shell Knob Senior Center to discuss construction of 24 new senior condominiums.

"This is a community-driven project," said Glenn Phillips, president of the non-profit Shell Knob Senior Center Corporation that is spearheading the effort. "Since we began this project in 2000, we have always gone to the community with what we are planning. Two years ago, the community said they loved our affordable apartments but wanted us to come up with some housing that wasn't based on income eligibility.

"This is what we've come up with and now we need to know if it's what the community wants," added Phillips. "We want to get as many people as possible at the meeting. We need people to tell us what they want."

The proposed condominium project will be built on five acres of land adjacent to the existing Shell Knob Senior Center and Senior Apartments complex within walking distance of the Center.

Each proposed condominium unit will be approximately 1,400 square feet on one level with an attached two-car garage. Each condominium building will include two units in a duplex format.

Initial plans also call for ample green space and walking/cart trails. The condominiums will be maintained under owner-established covenants.

Danny Street will build the condominiums, which were designed by local architect John Waggoner. Water and wastewater will be supplied through the existing senior center complex system.

According to Phillips, the project will be built in phases. The first phase will encompass eight condominium units. Units will be privately owned and built as they are sold.

"Once we get eight sold, we'll go to phase II, which will include another eight units," Phillips said. "Ultimately, the project will include 24 units on five acres.

This latest development is being proposed three years after the Ozark Villas Apartments opened in April of 2003. The Villas are a 32-unit development that provides affordable rental housing for seniors. The units are two-bedroom and one and a half bath residences grouped in eight fourplex buildings.

The apartments continue to be at capacity with a waiting list, Phillips said.

The Villas were funded through Missouri Housing Development Corporation financing that included a $2.5 million HOME loan at 0 percent for 40 years.

The development was also the first complex approved by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources to use the revolutionary wetlands system for waste disposal.

In 2004, the Shell Knob Senior Center opened next to the apartments. The Center provides a place for area seniors to meet and share nutritional meals.

At the public meeting on Nov. 29, construction plans and architectural drawings of the condominiums will be on display.

For more information on the upcoming meeting, call 417-858-3632.

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