Wilton plots out new project in Goochland

A familiar name in Richmond’s development community is looking west of Short Pump for his latest project.

Former Wilton Cos. head Hank Wilton is proposing a nearly 200-home development on 98 acres in eastern Goochland County through his new company, Wilton Acquisition LLC.

The development, to be called The Glenn at Centerville, would combine five parcels between Rockville and Manakin roads. The land is between Interstate 64 and Broad Street Road and is just northeast of the Sycamore Creek Golf Course.

The project would require a rezoning from the county. Goochland’s Planning Commission is scheduled to consider the request at a meeting Oct. 1.

Should the rezoning receive approval from county supervisors, Wilton could go forward with development before the end of the year, said attorney Darvin Satterwhite, who is representing the company. Messages left for Wilton were not returned this week. He does not yet own any of the five parcels, according to county records.

Satterwhite said the development would consist of 191 lots split into two sections that would straddle a creek bisecting the property. The project would include a primary road and bridge that would cross the creek and provide what Satterwhite said is a needed connection between Manakin and Rockville roads.

The development would be split in two, with a creek separating the two pieces. Image courtesy of Darvin Satterwhite

The development would be split in two, with a creek separating the two pieces. Image courtesy of Darvin Satterwhite

“It’s really hard to get from point A to point B between those two roads without having to go all the way down to Broad Street and all the way back up,” he said. “It really is a bonus feature for the county, as far as public safety and police and fire protection.”

Homes built in the development’s Manakin Road section, which would consist of 104 lots, would range from 1,550 to 2,800 square feet and be priced in the $500,000s, Satterwhite said. Homes on the Rockville Road side, totaling 87 lots, would be sized at about 2,250 square feet and priced similarly.

HHHunt and StyleCraft Homes are signed on as the project’s homebuilders. Satterwhite said he did not know what the projected development cost would be.

The neighborhood would include amenities including recreational areas, pavilion and gazebo areas and walking trails. Satterwhite said the community would blend the rural nature of the landscape with urban touches and access to Short Pump and the interstate.

“The lay of the land is just absolutely beautiful,” he said. “It lends itself well to property buffers, but it’s such a beautiful, natural setting that allows the developer to have the really nice home sites but (also) some usable open space.”

The development would be one of Wilton’s latest since he declared bankruptcy in 2010 and stepped down as chairman of the Wilton Cos. in late 2012. Since starting Wilton Acquisition, the developer last year proposed a townhome development along Wistar Road in western Henrico County.

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Bruce Milam

Hank is back! And he’s been missed. It’s hard to keep a good man down for very long. He’s had a long history of getting things done and this should be no different.

Sandi Crawford

Love having more new home choices for my clients! My concern over the rapid growth expansion in the Short Pump corridor, is the strain it is putting on community resources. Surrounding counties provide the infrastructure, and in my opinion do a phenomenal job! Fire and safety are a priority; however, Livability needs to rank a little higher on the list of must haves. The Mall, an asset for sure, cannot serve as the only source of entertainment and pleasure. Property values are more sustainable in communities that incorporate the Livability factor. Whether providing a community pool, playgrounds or walking trails,… Read more »