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Watercolor Villas to Rise Across from Ferd B. Lang Park

The energy-efficient homes are meant for Arnold's low-income seniors.

Across from Ferd B. Lang Park, at 1829 Old Lemay Ferry Road, is a new construction site for an assisted living center for elderly residents. It may also be the first part of a solution for Arnold’s growing population of retiring seniors. 

Crystal City-based developer Arapaho Development LLC will build Watercolor Villas, an energy efficient, 50-unit complex offering two-bedroom residences that should appeal to low-income seniors, stated documents provided by Arnold’s Community Development Department. 

The all brick, 850-square-foot residences units will use geothermal technology to heat the buildings. Solar panels will generate a portion of the residences' electricity. All appliances will be energy efficient. And it will cost less than $500  per month to live in one of the residences.

A large number of Arnold’s retired residents live at poverty income level of about $10,300, according to the 2009 ACS survey, said Community Development Director Mary Holden.

The project is located close to groceries, hobby stores and the park. 

“Getting a project like this really makes this job feel worthwhile,” Mayor Ron Counts said.

The senior center begins to meet the growing needs of Arnold’s increasing elderly population. About 13.6 percent of the population, or 2,780 people, are age 65 or older, the 2009 American Community Survey said. Another 12.5 percent of the population, or 2,572 people, are between the ages of 55 and 64, the survey said.

The figures show that about 25 percent of Arnold’s population will be retired within the next 10 years. For City Hall, the concern is caring for residents, who have chosen to live in Arnold, and who will need more help living independent lives.

As people age, they lose their hand-eye coordination and their ability to drive, Counts said. Some residents can rely on nearby family for help. Widows and widowers, who never had children, or who lack an extended family, have more obstacles to an independent life, Counts said.

“So how do you care for people who want to live in Arnold,” Counts said during a Chamber of Commerce event in January.

The Arnold City bus service is expected to stop at the center, said Community Development Director Mary Holden.

The center also allows family generations to remain in Arnold, Holden said.

The city has a full-service assisted living center, The Woodlands, which has a nursing staff, Holden said. Arnold lacks centers that are affordable and allow elderly residents to live semi-independent lives without the daily attention of a nurse or medical aide. 

The villas will probably be the first among many retirement centers in Arnold, Economic Development Dan Bish said. 

“People need a sense of security, commitment and ease of places to go and activities to do,” Bish said.

Arnold is well suited to fit those needs, Bish said.

Tammy Dixon June 03, 2011 at 11:33 PM
How do I apply? Please e-mail answer to sdldixon@yahoo.com
carrie gillman July 31, 2011 at 10:19 PM
How can I receive information about this development for my mother? Please email any applications or contact information to cmg5177@yahoo.com
John S. September 04, 2011 at 09:55 PM
Do you need to be an Arnold resident? My mother lived here for 35 years and is wanting to move back. How do I find full details about Watercolor Villas?
Misty Riegert October 01, 2011 at 10:51 PM
How does someone apply or sign up for these. how can I learn more info. Reply to short5024@sbcglobal.net
Vickie Pretz November 26, 2011 at 04:29 AM
Are you allowed to have pets in the Villas? Please reply to vspcares4you2@sbcglobal.net. Thanks and have a GREAT day!
Linda Stefano December 11, 2011 at 07:46 PM
Are you allowed to have pets in the Villas? How do I apply? Please e-mail answer to lstefano@sbcglobal.net
Mary Colantone January 06, 2012 at 09:07 PM
I am very interested, I also have a small dog, how do I apply? my e-mail is...mcconsultants@att.net...Thanks for your consideration!
Shellie Logan Paton January 08, 2012 at 05:48 PM
i cant wait for it to open it looks very nice from the street i only hope that it opens real soon older people need a waiting room for heaven
Gene A. Hodges February 05, 2012 at 11:14 PM
Please E-Mail me more information about applications,monthly rent etc. Gene A. Hodges / 101 S. Pacific St. Apt. 111 / Cape Giraedeau,MO 63703 / I want to move closer to my son who lives in Arnold. E-Mail ghodges001@charter.net
H.F.barnes February 22, 2012 at 12:33 AM
I am a senior and have been watching these go up. I have sevetial questions. One bedroom, when will it be ready to open, what will the cost? Please emai.me @ herbertbarneS70@yahoo.com I Am READY.
H.F.barnes February 22, 2012 at 12:36 AM
Please contact me as soon as posible. Opening date, cost, dog and any thing else....
tammy davis February 22, 2012 at 05:39 PM
Are there pictures of the floor plan? or inside the apartments?
Colleen February 23, 2012 at 09:25 PM
I am interested in any employment information regarding these villas/assisted living apartments! Please email any info to: colleentownsend22@yahoo.com Thanks!
Karen March 01, 2012 at 03:04 AM
Who is the management company? How can I find out more about the employment opportunities? Please email mrfwog@att.net. Thanks!
Phyllis Schuchardt March 08, 2012 at 09:44 PM
Is there any brochures available about renting and requirements? E-mail schurpj2286 @att.net. Thank You!!
Karen May 17, 2012 at 07:43 PM
How can I get information about living in Watercolor Villa in Arnold please email Kbel1950@gmail.com Thank you
Diane October 30, 2012 at 04:52 AM
I am interested in looking at one of these villas or a floor plan.... I am looking to downsize out of my home here in Arnold...Do they have basements and garages??? Please send any information, price, floor plans to : dheckstetter01@sbcglobal,net.. Or if I could talk to someone please give me a phone number... I saw this on TV the other night.... Thank You
Sheri Gassaway (Editor) October 30, 2012 at 11:04 AM
Hi Diane, The phone number to the villas is 636-287-1273. Hope that helps!

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