Developers are moving forward with the first leg of a long-anticipated retail and office project at the fringes of West Creek in Goochland County.
The Pruitt Cos., which owns and operates West Creek with Bill Goodwin’s Riverstone Group, filed its conceptual master plan this month to construct a 36,000-square-foot commercial development on about 6.4 acres it owns at 12638 Patterson Ave.
The project kicks off what will become a sizable redevelopment of the 60-acre former Oak Hill Golf Course, along with an additional 72 acres on several large neighboring parcels.
The combined 132 acres, which sit east of the Patterson-Route 288 interchange, were purchased by Pruitt Co. and Riverstone in 2006 for about $11.1 million, according to county records.
Dubbed Oak Hill East shopping center, plans for the first phase call for three buildings: two one-story structures around 6,500 square feet each the third one 6,000 square feet; a two-story commercial building with about 14,000 square feet of ground-level retail and about 13,700 square feet of office space upstairs. The site also would include 205 parking spaces.
The group also plans to construct a roadway that eventually will connect Patterson Avenue to West Creek Parkway in front of the retail center, according to site plans submitted to the county’s planning division.
JoAnn Hunter, Goochland County’s director of community development, said the group had to submit a conceptual master plan for planning commission review and approval in accordance to the proffers that regulate the 3,500-acre West Creek Business Park area of the county.
The planning commission is set to review and vote on Oak Hill’s master plan submittal during its Nov. 7 meeting, Hunter said. No further public approvals are required.
If granted approval, the group could break ground on the development by early 2020.
A cost estimate for the project was not disclosed.
The retail site is being marketed and leased by Peter Vick and Harrison Hall of Colliers International.
Thomas Pruitt, who with father Tommy Pruitt and cousin Michael Pruitt operate Pruitt Cos., said the firm has received plenty of interest in the Oak Hill site since marketing began about six months ago.
“We’ve been working on this for about two years, and have fielded interest for the development since we decided we were going to move forward with the project,” Pruitt said.
About two years ago, the group worked to have the county eliminate a proffer amendment that restricted retail from being developed within 1,000 feet of Patterson Avenue, opening up the site to new retail and restaurant opportunities.
“That cleared the way for us to move forward with this phase of the development,” Pruitt said. “Because the property falls within West Creek, it can accommodate a mix of office, retail, industrial and limited residential.”
The group is in negotiations with Starbucks to join the project, Pruitt said, adding it’s also talking with several other local dining establishments. He could not disclose any other specifics.
Pruitt said the group also is negotiating with an apartment developer to construct up to 300 units on an 18-acre site next door to the Oak Hill East shopping center. Plans for that phase have yet to be filed.