A grocery store, gas station, fast food restaurant and retail or office space are planned for a portion of an 86.50-acre tract known as the Bopp property, located north of Feise Road in Dardenne Prairie.
Two public hearings will be held on a planned unit development (PUD) request for 15.79 acres of the 86.50-acre tract. The owners of the tract, Cora Bopp Family Limited Partnership, plan to develop the tract in phases.
Mayor David Zucker said last week that the public hearings will give residents a chance to learn about and comment on the plan. The first public hearing will be held at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 9 before the city’s Planning and Zoning Commission at Dardenne Prairie’s City Hall at 2032 Hanley Road.
The second public hearing is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 16 before the city’s Board of Aldermen at city hall.
The partnership submitted the PUD request in early February. The request calls for a 50,000-square-foot grocery store, 24,000 square feet of retail space, 26,000 square feet of bank or retail space, 3,000 square feet for a fast food restaurant and a 740-square-foot gas station.
Documents submitted with the request do not indicate specific tenants for the development, but a landscaping plan offers at least one possible hint. A required landscaping plan includes the word “Walmart” in a column.
Artist’s renderings for the proposed grocery store submitted to the city by the Bopp partnership depict a storefront similar to a Walmart “Neighborhood Market” store; however, the drawings lack any company logos. Two Walmart Neighborhood Markets opened in St. Peters in January.
City officials say they haven’t received information about a possible Walmart store, and Delia Garcia, a Walmart spokesperson, did not comment on whether a new store might be located on the tract.
“While we are always looking for opportunities to better serve our customers, we don’t have any new stores to announce at this time,” Garcia said in a statement.
Gary Feder, an attorney for the Bopp partnership, could not be reached for comment last week.
Before construction begins, the city will review development plans for the site, landscaping and signs, and decide on a conditional use permit for the PUD plan, Zucker said. The developer also has to have approvals for various utilities, services and access from other government bodies.
Even through the city has already approved a site plan for the overall site, the developer is required to submit more detailed plans for phasing in the development.
At a March meeting last year, the board approved the first phase of the PUD for the tract on 10.8 acres known as Cora Maries Marketplace.
The board’s major action on the tract so far has been in favor of nearby residents. The city agreed last March to vacate an unimproved section of Devon Drive’s right-of-way to prevent encroachment from development into the nearby Villages of Bainbridge subdivision.
Since 2013, many subdivision residents have been opposed to development proposals for the overall tract. But city officials note that the property will generate needed tax revenue to pay for city services.
The partnership previously removed plans for 288 apartments, a plan to extend Devon Drive and a single-family homes proposal, lowering the size of the tract to 86.5 acres. Last April, the board delayed one such decision — a conditional use permit request on 15.4 acres of the tract. In all, 19 potential commercial businesses were listed for the site, which prompted concerns by the board and Zucker.