United Cerebral Palsy Heartland has gotten the go-ahead to operate a residential care center at 450 Oak Tree Drive in Webster Groves. The Webster Groves City Council gave final approval to its conditional use permit on May 7.
UCP Heartland provides programs and services for people with various disabilities, such as cerebral palsy.
UCP Heartland plans to provide 24-hour-a-day temporary respite living accommodations and care for up to eight people with disabilities at a time, according to Mara Perry, the city’s director of planning and development. They would be cared for by daytime and overnight shifts of one to three employees. An apartment may be included in the home for use by staff.
Employees will park in the home’s driveway with on-street parking in front for guests and visitors only. Cornerstone Evangelical Free Church, 951 Edgar Road, will provide 19 parking spaces on its lot weekdays and Saturdays.
The facility will replace UCP Heartland’s Marlborough Hall respite care facility, located on South Laclede Station Road in Marlborough.
Shari Clay, interim chief executive officer with UCP Heartland, said she was “so thankful we’ve come to a mutually-agreeable solution with the city on the Oak Tree project, and we’ve had many neighbors welcome us to the community.”
She said the facility has tentatively planned a soft opening for later this month, with a grand opening planned in June.