Soybean fields northwest of the intersection of Feise Road and Bryan Road in Dardenne Prairie are set to spout new homes in the $300,000 to $800,000 or more range, thanks to action by the city’s Board of Aldermen.
The board unanimously approved at its Oct. 17 meeting a rezoning, planned unit development, and site plan involving 106.42 acres of land at 1575 Bryan Road. They also approved a conditional use permit for the tract that would allow a sanitary sewer pumping station – all moves that clear the way for the development of 266 new single-family homes.
McKelvey Homes LLC applied for a rezoning changes for the land that was zoned R-1A single-family residential and general commercial and for the conditional use permit.
The new subdivision will be named “Inverness,” and the builders are McKelvey Homes, Lombardo and Payne Family Homes.
Mayor David Zucker said the development would be built in two phases with work beginning possibly next spring.
“They kind of drew a line in the middle,” Zucker said. “They will start and based on houses sold they will commence with phase 2 and build out the rest of it. I expect they will get engineering and site plans done and as soon as the weather permits in the spring, they will be moving dirt.”
McKelvey is expected to build the largest and most expensive home which may cross the $800,000 mark, followed by Payne Family homes, and villas and smaller homes to be built by Lombardo that may cost in the low to mid $300,000 range. Houses will be offered in sizes from 1,600 square feet to more than 4,000 square feet.
The conditional use permit is needed in case hookups to the O’Fallon sewer system aren’t available. The pump station will allow hookups with lines from Public Water District No. 2.
The tract is part of 176 acres north of Feise and west of Bryan that was owned by the Cora Bopp Family Limited Partnership. The tract was a possible location of a Walmart Neighborhood Market grocery store near the corner of Feise and Bryan Roads. The Dardenne Prairie store would have been the third Walmart Neighborhood Market recently opened in St. Charles County – two have opened in St. Peters.
But Walmart finally backed off plans to build the new grocery store after reviving plans for the store in February 2017. Walmart had pulled back on earlier plans for the store in July 2016. The store would have been located on 6.25 acres of a 15.79-acre portion of the tract.
The new subdivision plans call for extensive bicycle and walking trails, winding streets, and cul-de-sacs, Zucker said in September.
Access to the subdivision will be from Feise Road. Inverness subdivision streets will not connect to Devon Drive in the Bainbridge subdivision or Little Big Horn, Reece or Christine in O’Fallon.
Houses will be offered in sizes from 1,600 square feet to more than 4,000 square feet, and are expected to sell from about $300,000 to about $700,000.
It’s not the only recent proposal involving the Bopp property that has come before the city. In June, the city of Dardenne Prairie received a rezoning and planned unit development request for about 68.4 acres at 1575 Bryan Road located in the northwest corner of the intersection of Feise Road and Bryan Road.
But that request is being withdrawn although a public hearing on the proposal has been continued at recent board meetings to allow public comment and save on the expense of publishing a public notice.
Exits off Bryan Road that would allow an entrance and a roadway on the property are still needed say Zucker and Gary Feder, an attorney for the Bopp Family Limited Partnership.
Feise Road is in Dardenne Prairie and Bryan Road right-of-way is controlled by O’Fallon. Each city controls the road access off their roads.
City officials are hopeful that new commercial development may add needed sales tax revenue to the city’s coffers. The new store was set to provide as much as $300,000 annually, according to a city consultant.
Sale tax revenue is a major source of funding for local municipalities. The new subdivision is the largest of several coming to the city. Another development 51 homes by Payne is planned off the westbound exit of Bryan Road at Interstate 64. Another five homes near Bates Road are in the development stage, Zucker said.
Zucker said there are no new commercial developments now but that may change, Zucker said. “I would not be surprised to see something in 2019,” he said.