Developers are eying a large tract of Mechanicsville land for a major mixed-use project.
A group that includes Stanley Shield Partners is working with the county to push forward the next phase of Bell Creek, a development along Bell Creek Road north of Pole Green Road.
Called Big Oak at Bell Creek, the new phase would consist of a mix of residential uses, including single-family homes, townhomes and apartments, and a commercial area with office, warehouse and retail space.
The project as currently proposed consists of 27 detached single-family homes, 111 attached townhomes, 220 apartments and 122,500 square feet of commercial space.
Big Oak Development Company LLC is behind the project. The company includes members of Stanley Shield Partners, the developer of the first two phases of Bell Creek.
Big Oak at Bell Creek would fill just more than 63 acres to the north of Pole Green Road, between Bell Creek Road and Bartram Springs Drive and adjacent to Bell Creek Park.
Big Oak purchased the property for $1.2 million from an unspecified grantor, according to county records.
Rob Lanphear, a member of Stanley Shield Partners, said the project is the next step in 15 years of work at Bell Creek. The development includes the Shoppes at Bell Creek – home to a Food Lion, a KidMed urgent care, Richmond Pediatrics and other medical and office tenants.
Its existing residential component is the Ryan Homes-built Bell Creek Reserve, which is also adding 174 homes to the 550 originally approved for Bell Creek.
A request to rezone the land for Big Oak was deferred at a Hanover County Planning Commission meeting this month. Lanphear and Andrew Condlin, an attorney with Roth Doner Jackson representing the developer, said the proposal would be revisited and revised to address concerns regarding density, traffic generation and project phasing that were expressed by county staff and area residents.
Condlin said he expects the project to come back before the commission in two or three months.
The single-family homes at Big Oak would range from 2,000 to 3,200 square feet; the townhomes would range from 1,550 to 2,400 square feet; and the apartments would include amenities such as a pool, a clubhouse, meeting rooms and covered parking.
Lanphear said for-sale pricing would likely mimic the current market at Reserve at Bell Creek, with townhomes in the $200,000s and single-family homes in the $300,000s.
The county would require cash proffers for the development of $2,306 per single-family unit. Those fees would go toward offsetting infrastructure impacts.
Lanphear said a timeframe for the project’s development would be determined by the market and that it’s too soon in the process to say what the final costs will be. He said Cite Design has done the project’s land planning work, and EDA Engineering is handling the civil design work.
In addition to Bell Creek, Stanley Shield has developed a variety of projects in the Richmond area, including several medical office buildings in the Short Pump area.
This would be very good for citizens looking for apartments. The Mechanicsville area does not have any new apartments in the area. I think this would bring a lot of revenue to the county. Could someone please send me a blue print of what the apartments would look like and how much the start of figures would be??
Traffic on Pole Green Road is already terrible during rush hour. It is bumper to bumper for almost a mile from Bell Creek to Lee Davis. This road needs to be widened before any new homes are built. Also, the entrance to this new subdivision should not be on Bell Creek Road. Again, traffic is already an issue. The entrance should be on Pole Green Road with a turning lane into the development.