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New Cottleville subdivision moves a step closer to reality

A new 39-unit single-family subdivision in Cottleville moved closer to reality on Oct. 19, when the city’s Board of Aldermen approved a planned unit development agreement [PUD] that establishes how the property will be developed.

The board approved the agreement, submitted by Lombardo Homes, that establishes zoning and an area plan for the 23.5-acre tract along Hwy. N near Meadowland Drive. The vacant tract is bordered by Hwy. N to the north, Interstate 364 to the south and is now zoned single-family residential.

With a PUD, the property owner agrees to construct public improvements like streets and sewer and water lines, that construction will begin within a year and finish in two years from the date of a final plan submitted to the city.

The PUD also establishes building setbacks and elevations, a landscape plan, building materials list, exterior architectural features and storm water management. The city agrees to accept streets and storm sewers after inspecting them.

The property owner of the development, called Winterbrooke Estates, is listed in the PUD as Sydney M. Kurtz.

City Adminstrator Rich Francis said the new subdivision is one of many new commercial and residential developments. The city has also seen growth in multi-family units, particularly apartments, and in commercial development.

“We’ve got commercial space going on, we’ve got office space going on, we’re seeing all aspects of development, no just housing,” Francis said.

The city still has developable land for mixed-use development. Some land in Dardenne Creek’s flood plain and near Interstate 364 may also have future development potential, he said. He said the city is in a good location now that Interstate 364 is complete, I-64 is nearby and it is not far from I-70.

Another draw for new residents is the city’s parks, including the new 65-acre Scott Lewis Park within the Miralago Estates subdivision off Mid Rivers Drive and the planned, inclusive McAuley Playground in Hansen Park adjacent to the Mercy Care facility near the intersection of Ohmes Road and Mid Rivers Mall Drive, along with improvements to Legacy Park.

Francis estimates the city’s population is near 5,000. The U.S. Census Bureau estimated that the city’s population was 4,723 in 2015. The city’s population was listed at 3,075 in the 2010 U.S. Census.

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