I guess you could call this proposed project a "refill". LOL!
______________________________Filled-in quarry could become high-end apartments, retail shops and more
Posted 08/13/12 3:16 pm / no comments
By MOLLY JAMES
FoxTower, a St. Louis commercial real estate partnership of TriStar Properties
, is seeking approval to allow development of the unincorporated 26-acre site located near the border of Town & Country and Des Peres. The project site, a recently filled quarry now aptly named The Quarry at Des Peres, would potentially include retail and housing development with an emphasis on apartment-style living.
Forty percent of the land would be dedicated to residential high-end apartments that would be comparable to The Boulevard in Brentwood across from the Galleria. The Quarry apartments would be designed to serve young professionals who work in the nearby office buildings.
Additional land space would be dedicated to restaurants and small neighborhood retail shops.
A hotel could potentially be built and would be positioned on the east side of the property near the office spaces.
The land is centrally located within West County and has easy access to retailers in the area including Nordstrom, Macy’s, Barnes & Noble and JCPenney as well as major employers like the headquarters for Edward Jones, Scottrade and Charter Communications.
Jessica Hardecke, senior communications manager for Charter Communications, said the development would be good for business.
“The apartments at The Quarry will bring more residents to the area, which is good timing for us,” said Hardecke. “Charter is currently in a growth mode, and we are always looking for qualified candidates to join our team.”
Mike Towerman, principle of FoxTower, agreed.
“This is going to produce a substantial number of jobs in the short term with construction opportunities and later on with permanent positions,” he said.
The project has not yet been finalized, but the St. Louis County Planning Commission recommended that the County Council approve a rezoning request that would add mixed zoning instead of commercial to the site. The property is currently zoned for extensive commercial use.
The final decision is scheduled for October after the County Council introduces the ordinance and holds a final vote. City officials in neighboring municipalities have expressed concern over issues of traffic flow and fire and EMS services in the unincorporated area.
“Our number one concern would be the disruption of the traffic for commuters in the morning and evening,” said Doug Harms, city administrator of Des Peres. “We have concerns that the traffic at the intersection of Des Peres and Manchester roads could create backup (after) we spent two decades to solve this issue.”
When asked about his concerns, John Copeland, city administrator for Town & Country, mentioned that the development is not within a fire district or a city with a fire district. One possible way to stave off this concern would be through annexation.
The annexation process begins with a map plan – sent to the County Boundary Commission once every five years before the July 1 deadline. Only properties on a city’s approved annexation map may be included in its annexation requests within that five-year time frame.
The next annexation proposal period begins April 15, 2013.
“The Quarry is included in the map plan for annexation we submitted,” Copeland said, meaning the property could be considered for annexation by Town & Country. However, the process is not an easy one.