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Wildhorse Village proposal set to go before City Council

The mixed-use development that will significantly change the landscape of Chesterfield is set to go before the City Council on Aug. 3.

At the Planning and Public Works Committee meeting on July 23, final amendments to the proposed plan for the Wildhorse Village development were recommended for approval by a vote of 3-1, with council member Michelle Ohley (Ward 4) not in favor of all the restrictions.

The proposed development consists of 99.6 acres located west and southwest of the intersection of Interstate 64 and Chesterfield Parkway West and will consist of a blend of office, retail, residential and parking facilities.

Rendering of Wildhorse Village

Property owner Jeff Tegethoff, president of Pearl Capital Management, is seeking amendments for the 78-acre Planned Commercial and Residence District (PC&R) that surrounds the property’s existing lake.

At the first live meeting at city hall since the coronavirus pandemic shutdown, George Stock, of Stock & Associates, acting on behalf of Wildhorse Village, LP, outlined the final amendment changes for the project with respect to the distance between buildings, building heights, parking, build-to lines and building functions.

Residential development along Burkhardt Place

One of those changes would require that two lots be exclusively residential: approximately 43 townhomes in the southwest corner of the development along Wild Horse Creek Road and additional single-family residential units in the northwest corner along Burkhardt Place, Stock said. The maximum height for these units would be 50 feet.

Typical townhome building appearance

Other building heights would range from one-story for a grocery store to 8 to 10 stories (100 feet) for a possible condo building. While buildings along Chesterfield Parkway West are currently limited to two-story, the developer has requested an increase to four stories in some areas and five stories on Wildhorse Creek Road.

The plan provides for parking garages and underground parking, but there also would be minimal surface parking for grocery use, along with on-street parking.

Building spacing would allow multiple views and access points to the lake, Stock said. Two view corridors are proposed along Wildhorse Creek Road, one 125 feet in width and the other 25 feet wide.

In addition, a 300-foot-wide corridor with a terraced plaza that will lead from Chesterfield Parkway to the lake has been mandated as part of the plan, said Mike Knight, assistant city planner.

In all, there are 27 amendments, some requested by the developer and some required by the planning and public works committee, Knight said.

Members of the Citizens for Developing Downtown Chesterfield have been keeping a close eye on the progress of the proposal, wanting to ensure it stays within the vision of the city’s comprehensive plan.

At the meeting, Dave Banks said the group was pleased that the development provided a much wider viewing corridor down to the lake from Chesterfield Parkway and was also happy to see the retail area moved to the east side of the lake.

“This really presents an opportunity for citizens to realize the vision many have had for the last 20 years when this first came up … of a downtown city corridor with retail, restaurants and so forth,” Banks said.

Residents in attendance also approved of the public accommodations, such as the boathouse and trails, with access to the Riparian Trail, but were concerned about the number of trees that will be cut down.

At the meeting Aug. 3, the city council will vote on the amendments to the legal description and development criteria for the existing PC&R Planned Commercial and Residence District and whether to incorporate and re-zone a 0.6-acre parcel into the PC&R District.

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