KIRKWOOD — The Kirkwood City Council on Thursday voted against a proposal to allow assisted living facilities in the city’s downtown business district. That vote means a plan by Opus Development Co. for a five-story building with independent and assisted living units at 300 North Kirkwood Road is also rejected.
Some neighbors and city officials had said the project would not be a good fit for the site.
Mayor Tim Griffin said Thursday, “While I see a vitality in anything we do (downtown), and I’m all for that … this use is not something we want to encourage there.”
Councilman Mark Zimmer added that the downtown business district is meant to include businesses that compliment each other and attract customers, but assisted living facilities often are “self sufficient.”
“I don’t mean all residents would be homebound, but that use goes against what our code states,” he said, adding the city…