Wildhorse Village calls for changes to Chesterfield City Council – West Newsmagazine
Substantial changes have been proposed for the development of Wildhorse Village at the intersection of Interstate 64 and Chesterfield Parkway West which will redistribute the configuration of commercial and residential properties..
According to the amended plan, two office buildings would be replaced by four condos of 16 units. In doing so, the commercial space would be reduced from 1.2 million to 800,000 square feet, said Mike Knight, assistant planner. However, a 270-unit multifamily development project is reduced to 80 units for sale. Thus, the number of rental units would decrease and the number of units for sale would increase, Knight said.
Both at the public hearing held in June and at the Planning Commission meeting on August 23, Kelli Unnerstall, Citizen Representative for Downtown Chesterfield Development, spoke about the proposed development.
“We support the majority of the Wildhorse village plan,” she said, “but we are concerned that this mixed-use downtown development will become primarily residential. ”
Unnerstall said that while the group supports the conversion of two lots into “beautiful condo buildings,” its members do not want to see a further reduction in retail or commercial space.
“We want to ensure that the development plan continues to include a healthy mix of retail, commercial and residential businesses” Unnerstall said.
Developer Jeff Tegethoff, of CRG, said the move from offices to condos is due to the huge demand for products “for sale”.
The The original parking garage across from the office buildings would no longer be needed, as the condominiums would provide underground parking, Tegethoff noted. Therefore, the garage space will likely be residential as well.
He noted that leasing office space is a challenge right now and that there is still over 800,000 square feet of retail space in the development.
“That’s a huge amount of office and retail to provide in any environment, needless to say, in this post-COVID world where working from home not only appears to be prolonged, but it’s going to be permanent. in many places, ”Tegethoff said.
He added that only a proposed retail piece for one side of an office building (less than 8,000 square feet) was being removed.
“My number one goal for this development continues to remain a mixed-use, mixed-use development that helps us move from the denser mall site to rooftops,” he said. “The real value and power of what we are creating here is an 18+ hour community where people can live, work and play and have all of these amenities around this beautiful open public space with the lake and all the other assets that we’re delivering.
He said he always imagined residential would come first, because “rooftops drive retail.” But he plans to submit a plan in three to six months for a specific office building.
Another proposed change in development is the removal of the public art requirement for each lot. In an attempt to develop a “holistic approach” to public art, centered on maximizing the public experience, a substantial piece of art would be placed in the courtyard with custom-designed seating and an additional fountain in the lake. , Knight said.
Tegethoff commissioned world-renowned sculptor Rafael Barrios to create the metal sculpture titled “Rising Horizons,” which he says has an estimated value of $ 1 million.
“I’ve always wanted to do Wildhorse Village not just brand development for the city of Chesterfield, but for the entire St. Louis subway, the state of Missouri, the entire Midwest,” Tegethoff said. “To do this, I felt that we needed a real centerpiece for the development.”
It is a work of art that will not only be important, it will be a raffle and people will come from all over to see it, he said. It is planned to install it by the end of October.
The sculpted concrete seating elements imported from Spain are architecturally significant works of art in their own right, Tegethoff noted.
“I think there is merit in having a remarkable piece that people would take note of,” said commission chair Merrell Hansen. “I agree that having 17 accessory works of art, which may not even stand the test of time and are unremarkable, is not in the spirit of this remarkable place of high quality I see. ”
Commissioner John Marino also said he “strongly supports” the proposed unique artwork, noting that the “The Awakening” statue stands approximately 400 meters from the site.
“That’s definitely what we want with this downtown development,” said Marino. “I think it’s wonderful that we are so privileged that a developer takes the time to research and select works of art for their development to put in our city.”
Another request from the developer is to remove the requirement for the enclosure of mechanical units (HVAC) on the roof of a penthouse.
Council member Mary Monachella (Ward 1) raised concerns that without the high standard enclosures, unsightly mechanical equipment would be viewed from above. But two commissioners Guy Tillman and Steve Wuennenberg noted that HVAC systems must reject heat to the outside air, and being locked in a penthouse would make that difficult.
In a note to the city, consultant George Stock, of Stock & Associates, said that there would be multiple HVAC units needed on residential buildings and that a single penthouse would not be feasible and that doing so on buildings commercial operations would be considerably more expensive. Instead, the developer asked to filter roofing equipment on all visible sides with materials that are integral to the architecture.
The proposed modifications for Wildhorse Village were unanimously recommended for approval by the Planning Commission on August 23. .