A mixed-use development planned for a large swath of Chesterfield County crossed a major hurdle this month.
The county Planning Commission last week approved the rezoning of 84 acres on Hull Street Road, near its intersection with Winterpock Road, to make way for a project of up to 50 townhouses and about 300 apartments, as well as commercial space or an assisted living facility.
Dubbed Madison Crossing, the proposal was pushed through by the owner of the land, Chesterfield DD LLC. The LLC is registered in Reedville, Virginia, with an address associated with several other construction and development entities active throughout the commonwealth.
James Dise, the registered owner of Chesterfield DD, did not return requests for comment.
Chesterfield DD purchased the land in 2007 for $2.64 million, county records show. Jack Wilson, an attorney who represented the owner in the rezoning process, said the property had previously been zoned for a maximum of 321 townhomes.
“The whole market collapsed, and Chesterfield DD restarted the zoning process around 2012 or 2013,” Wilson said. “It’s gone through a couple of different iterations in terms of, ‘What will the market be looking for?’ It really restarted (rezoning) again at the beginning of this year.”
Madison Crossing is separated into three tracts. Tract B is likely the first that will be developed, Wilson said. At just under 24 acres, that phase would include between 292 and 360 multifamily units and would also connect Ashbrook Parkway, which currently ends on either side of the land. Wilson said county officials were especially interested in that aspect of the development.
Tract C, the farthest piece from Hull Street Road, would become a townhome development with a maximum of 50 homes on 33 acres.
Tract A, which is about 28 acres and sits closest to Hull Street Road, is zoned for apartments but could also support an assisted living facility, creating what Wilson described as a multifamily development for seniors.
“Right now there really isn’t a builder or developer ready to step in and develop it, but it could go that way or it could go as a standard, upscale multifamily project,” Wilson said.
Assisted living facilities have been sprouting up all over the Richmond area, and Chesterfield currently has several in the works from Memory Care Centers of America, HHHunt’s Spring Arbor of Salisbury Memory Care, Commonwealth Assisted Living and Bickford Senior Living.
Wilson added that there is a better chance that Tract B will cater to young professionals. The zoning provisions include restricting the apartments to two-bedroom units, so as to avoid too many families moving in and increasing the number of students attending Chesterfield County schools.
In that case, Tract A may be eventually rezoned as a commercial area to potentially include restaurants and retail, Wilson said. The land for Tract A is already located near the Woodlake Commons Shopping Center, and a Walmart Supercenter is just up the road.
Wilson said the market will likely dictate whether Chesterfield DD will sell off each tract separately to a developers or builders or if the owner will retain some of the land to develop on its own.
“Either way, it will definitely be high-end,” Wilson said. “We’ve put into the case a number of conditions to ensure the quality of the project. Sixty percent of the facades have to be brick or stone, and there are limitations on the amount of vinyl siding that can be used. That forces it to be a higher-end, quality project.”
The development’s rezoning case will go before the Board of Supervisors next month.
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