After years of discussing and tweaking its development plan, Town & Country’s Town Square is ready to break ground. The six acres of property owned by the city will include trails, a plaza, green space and more.
At its Nov. 27 meeting, the city’s Board of Aldermen unanimously approved two professional services agreements and one water facility relocation contract for the construction of Town Square, which is located along Clayton Road, adjacent to Mason Woods Village.
“It’s been a long process, but the city took its time and had a lot of discussions and a lot of public input,” City Administrator Gary Hoelzer said. “The payoff was that we had unanimous votes and that we had a strong consensus by the board of aldermen.”
The agreements for inspection services were with TSi Geotechnical Inc. for construction observation and material testing services and with Stock & Associates Consulting Engineers Inc. for site improvement and landscaping inspection services. Both inspection service agreements cost about $89,000. To cover the cost, the 2017 budget was amended by increasing the Capital Improvements Fund expenditure account and appropriating the needed funds.
The city also authorized a water facility relocation contract with Missouri-Ameren Water Company, mainly concerning the relocation of underground water lines in order to build a pedestrian tunnel to the Town Square beneath Clayton Road, totaling about $156,000.
The agreements ensure construction of the site remains up to code. According to Hoelzer, preparation of the site began on Nov. 22.
The board earlier [on Nov. 13] and unanimously had approved and entered into three agreements with Chesterfield-based Brinkmann Constructors to begin the physical development of the Town Square location. The city approved a purchase and sale agreement, a reciprocal easement agreement and a development agreement with Brinkmann Holdings, LLC. The total cost will total about $5,210,401.
Each agreement served a different purpose. The purchase and sale agreement approved the sale of 2.36 acres of the Town Square site to Brinkmann for commercial development. The city entered into the development agreement at a cost of about $5.2 million; the commercial purchase and sale agreement will help offset that cost by $810,000. The reciprocal easement agreement provides a cross-access easement that allows Brinkmann and the city to share certain uses and expenses related to the site, including some maintenance responsibilities.
The final Town Square site development plan allows a commercial building of up to 12,000 square feet. About 4,000 square feet of that space will be used for a restaurant that will be capped on either end with commercial and/or retail spaces.
According to Hoelzer, aldermanic votes related to the Town Square development routinely have been unanimous due to the city’s consideration of feedback at the municipal and residential level.
Groundbreaking ceremonies for Town Square will take place at 10 a.m. on Dec. 16. According to Hoelzer, construction is tentatively scheduled to be completed in about seven months with good weather.