Hanover planning endorses 120-acre project

A local developer is planning an English village-style development in Mechanicsville. Images courtesy of Edge Development Partners.

A local developer is planning an English village-style development in Mechanicsville. Images courtesy of Edge Development Partners.

A large-scale mixed-use development in Mechanicsville has cleared its first governmental hurdle.

The 120-acre development, now known as Caldwell Park, received the endorsement of the Hanover County Planning Commission on Thursday. The project, which would include a mix of residential uses and a “commercial village” at Chamberlayne and New Ashcake roads, will next head to the county Board of Supervisors for rezoning on July 22.

Edge Development Partners is proposing the project through its Scotchtown Partners LLC. It is requesting a rezoning that would allow a grocery-anchored shopping center and more than 500 residential units.

Revised slightly since the project was introduced in March, the proposal now calls for 115 single-family lots, 131 townhomes and 286 apartments, along with the previously proposed 200,000 square feet of commercial space. The developer is also agreeing to phase construction in an effort to balance the variety of uses.

Jesse Clark, a co-managing partner with EDP, said the group has agreed to increase the amount of commercial space that would be built before the residential portions, doubling it to 80,000 square feet. That condition would have to be met before more than half of the single-family homes and townhomes could be built, but would not apply to the apartments.

See the plans (PDF)

See the plans (PDF)

Caldwell Park is one of the first two developments to be proposed under the “multi-use” designation, which includes that commercial and residential phasing ratio to ensure an emphasis on business and professional uses within a given project. The other, Big Oak at Bell Creek, is being proposed by another developer.

The commission voted 5-1 to recommend approval of Caldwell Park. Should supervisors approve the rezoning next month, Clark has said construction could start once plans are finalized over six to 12 months.

Depending on market conditions, Clark said he anticipates the development wrapping up by 2021.

Clark said the project would involve the installation of more than 3,800 feet of sewer line extensions and 4,000 feet of water line extensions. Hirschler Fleischer attorney Jim Theobald, who is representing EDP, said early-on construction of the apartments would allow the developer to pay for those extensions.

The project would also involve transportation improvements, with the developer agreeing to pay the county’s required cash proffer per residential unit: $5,709 per single-family house and $3,485 per townhome.

Clark said he could not comment at this time on the projected cost of the development.

In addition to Clark, EDP is led by Nolan Felts and Craig Kilpatrick. Their other projects include an apartment complex and single-family development on the Southside.

On Caldwell Park, EDP is working with Poole & Poole Architecture, engineering firm Bowman Consulting and land planning company Cite Design. Jeff Geiger of Hirschler Fleischer is representing the project along with Theobald.

The single-family homes will have a minimum of 1,600 square feet of finished floor area, exclusive of garages, according to the proffers. Clark has said the homes would range from the low $300,000s to the $500,000s, depending on add-on options.

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