Bruce Baisch said a simple rezoning is another piece in his retirement puzzle.
Baisch appeared before the Jefferson County Planning and Zoning Commission on Aug. 11 to ask that a 2.04-acre lot he owns off Hwy. 67 south of Festus carry a single zoning classification – large-lot residential. Part of the property, which includes a single-family home, is zoned non-planned community commercial.
The board, which advises the Jefferson County Council on zoning issues in unincorporated Jefferson County, voted 4-0 to recommend approval of Baisch’s request.
The County Council, which has the sole authority to rezone property in unincorporated areas, voted unanimously on Aug. 22, to send Baisch’s request to a final vote, likely on Monday, Sept. 12.
Baisch said he wanted to have a single zoning designation for the property so he can sell it.
He said the home has served as rental property, and he’s lined up a tenant. However, he intends to put it on the market soon.
The home is on Baisch Drive off Hwy. 67 and is near Baisch Nursing Center, an assisted living facility, and Jeremy Baisch Head Start and Early Head Start Center, a daycare center.
Baisch said he sold the assisted living facility to the De Soto Investment Group LLC in August 2016.
According to state records, the registered agent for the De Soto Investment Group is Brooke Bigham of Ozark.
Baisch said his family purchased the nursing home in 1975. At the time, he said, it was owned by James and Delores Burt and was called Burt’s Manor.
“The nursing home business was very good to us,” Baisch said, “but I can say we worked hard for every dollar we made there. A nursing home is a 24-7 operation, and dealing with the government is no easy task.”
Baisch said his family is in the process of selling the daycare center to the Jefferson-Franklin Community Action Corporation (JFCAC).
He said the JFCAC has been operating the daycare under a lease for five years, and he expects the sale to close by the end of the year.
Baisch said his family started the daycare center 25 years ago. While he said it can accommodate up to 90 children, it typically has an enrollment of about 60. He said he expects the JFCAC to continue to operate the facility as it has.
He said the last piece of his retirement puzzle will be turning over the title to the house and the lot. “I’m just looking forward to retirement,” Baisch said.
Planning staff noted that the property just meets the standards for the large-lot residential zoning classification because it’s just a shade over the minimum 2 acres.