Liberty City Council approves senior living community

An architect’s rendering of the layout of the Wellington includes independent living, assisted living and memory care apartments all in one building.

LIBERTY — The city will gain a senior living community called the Wellington after Liberty City Council, at the last meeting of 2019, approved a special use permit from applicant O’Reilly Development.

The Wellington Senior Living Community will consist of 91 independent living apartments, 44 assisted living apartments and 18 memory care apartments.

The assisted living and memory care apartments are being designed to obtain a residential care license per the state of Missouri’s Department of Health and Senior Services. The community is age restricted to those 65 years and older.

The site is bordered by South Withers Road on the west, Kent Street to the north and Progress Drive on the south.

This location is near the community center, new library, parks, post office, and shopping.

“It’s an ideal location for this use,” said Katherine Sharp, the city’s planning and development director. “Additionally, this facility serves as a good transition from the industrial properties to the east and the residential across South Withers.”

The community will be in one building approximately 160,000 square feet on approximately 9.39 acres. The building will range from one story on the north to three stories on the south, which will include the independent living apartments.

Sharp said the development will be low impact as it will not generate significant traffic.

Scott Auman, a project manager and architect with SWD Architects, said O’Reilly Development set up similar communities in Blue Springs, Joplin, Kansas City and Lee’s Summit.

“O’Reilly saw Liberty as the right place with its current economic growth, infrastructure and residential quality,” he said.

O’Reilly Development Co. LLC, headquartered in Springfield, has a mix of communities throughout Missouri including apartments, student housing, self-storage and senior living.

At the public hearing, no one spoke in opposition of the development.

The council also approved the preliminary plat for the project.

Southeast Editor Kellie Houx can be reached at kellie.houx@mycouriertribune.com or 389-6630.

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