County OKs Starview Village, set to add 1,000-plus homes near Stonebridge

A site map of Starview Village.

The resurgence of the former Cloverleaf Mall site in northern Chesterfield County is spilling over from the mixed-use Stonebridge development, with land around it set to be filled with a project that will add more than 1,000 new homes to the area.

County supervisors last week approved a rezoning for Starview Village, a mixed-use development of nearly 110 acres generally south of Stonebridge that would total 1,250 residential units in buildings shared with lower-level office and retail spaces.

The development would consist of apartments, townhomes, condos and other clustered multifamily units, with 150 of the homes located south of Cloverleaf Drive and 1,100 north of the road that bisects the site.

The Stonebridge Marketplace Shopping Center was sold in late 2017. (BizSense file photo)

A collection of property owners applied for the rezoning through an entity called SRBF LLC, which was represented in the process by local attorney William Shewmake with Woods Rogers.

Shewmake said development remains a few years out in lieu of site plan approvals and other regulatory review. He said it likely would be two years before construction gets underway, with a timeline for buildout dependent on the market.

County records of the multiple parcels involved list owners, including RNVP Associates/Ltd. Partnership, Belasco Inc./Ltd. Partnership and Pony Farm Associates.

Records show the bulk of the properties were acquired in recent years, with most of the latest recorded purchases dating back to the early 1980s. The most recent county assessment valued the nearly 110 acres in excess of $3 million collectively.

Shewmake said an overall development cost for the project has not been shared. As the development is in the preliminary phase, he said builders and designers have yet to be selected, though he acknowledged that several firms have inquired about the project. Timmons Group drew up plans included in the rezoning application.

The rezoning approval is contingent on specifications laid out in a so-called Smartcode plan, which details design elements and other requirements intended to ensure a cohesive and comprehensively planned development.

The project is divided into eight development tracts, each with its own design standards and conditions. Most of the buildings would range from three to five stories, with retail and office spaces on the ground floor and apartments or condos above.

Apartments in each tract would be restricted primarily to one- and two-bedroom units, with no more than 5 percent of units consisting of three-bedroom floor plans. Townhome clusters would be restricted to eight units per building.

Some tracts would include indoor and outdoor storage, with mini-storage and warehouse space on upper floors in some buildings for use by residents and commercial tenants. Outdoor commercial recreational establishments would be permitted in some areas, and rooftop amenities would be allowable.

Plans call for bikeways and trails along a powerline that also bisects the property. Trails also would run through open space and wetlands that would make up 40 percent of the property. The project also would include improvements to existing roads and pedestrian interconnectivity.

Supervisors chairwoman Leslie Haley, whose Midlothian District includes the Starview site, lauded the development along with neighboring Stonebridge, which has been taking shape since Cloverleaf was demolished in 2011.

“The integrity of the work that’s being done all along this corridor is exciting,” Haley said, noting the Chesterfield Economic Development Authority’s investment in the mall site and planning for the corridor dating back years. “We’re setting models for how you actually look to areas like this that were areas that needed attention, or as we say, revitalization.”

Shamin development progresses

Shamin Hotels’ under-construction Residence Inn in Midlothian. (BizSense file photo)

At the same meeting, supervisors also approved a termination of a lease with the EDA to facilitate a sale of a portion of Stonebridge to Shamin Hotels, which is planning a 200-room hotel there as part of a mixed-use development.

In addition to the hotel, which would be the first full-service, new-construction hotel built in Chesterfield in over two decades, Shamin’s project would include a 10,000-square-foot conference center, mixed-use development with stand-alone and ground-floor retail with residential above, and entertainment uses that could include a brewery.

The development would fill what had been planned as a second phase for Stonebridge. The vacant land west of the development’s shopping center and north of its Richmond Volleyball Club facility once had been planned for more than 100,000 square feet of primarily big-box retail users.

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