As Westchester Commons continues its transition to more mixed-use with residential components, hundreds of acres beside the shopping center are being planned for a new development totaling more than 2,000 homes.
HHHunt Communities is seeking zoning approval for The Aire at Westchester, a mixed-use project planned for 334 acres directly west of the shopping center at Midlothian Turnpike and Route 288.
Plans call for a mix of residential units including single-family homes, townhomes and apartments and up to 200,000 square feet of commercial space to include a 70,000-square-foot grocery store and potentially an 80-room hotel.
The primarily wooded land stretches from Midlothian Turnpike to 288 between Westchester Commons and the Powhatan County line. The land consists of four parcels owned by Henrico-based GrayCo Properties.
The parcels — at 1801 and 2021 Huguenot Springs Road, and 15550 and 15900 Midlothian Turnpike — were last purchased in 2006 for $11.71 million collectively. Chesterfield County most recently assessed the total acreage at $11.46 million.
The site was rezoned that year for up to 1,600 residential units and 350,000 square feet of commercial space. HHHunt’s proposal calls for 615 more residential units but 150,000 less commercial square footage.
Plans submitted to the county describe The Aire at Westchester as a three-section development that would be integrated with Westchester Commons. The three sections would be distinct but interconnected, separated by a central park along an existing creek.
The development also would take advantage of the site’s varied topography that includes some of the highest elevations in Chesterfield.
The 108-acre section closest to Midlothian Turnpike would feature the most variety of uses, including the grocery store and hotel, offices, and assisted living and continuing care facilities.
A 99-acre section closest to Westchester Commons is envisioned as an extension of the shopping center with primarily higher-density residential uses. The section would include a retaining wall along Watkins Center Parkway with a promenade walkway with railings, lighting and landscaping.
The remaining 125-acre section would be the least dense, with primarily detached homes, townhouses, duplexes and condos.
HHHunt has agreed to recommendations from the county’s transportation department to divvy up the development’s density with 330 single-family homes, 365 townhomes, 1,070 condos and 450 apartments.
Also proffered are a 160,000-square-foot shopping center, 4,000-square-foot drive-thru bank, 3,500-square-foot fast-food restaurant with a drive-thru, a “super convenience store” with 16 fueling stations, and an 80-room hotel.
Site access would be restricted from Huguenot Springs Road, with primary access planned off Midlothian Turnpike via two- and four-lane divided highways, among other transportation improvements.
A community meeting on the plan was held June 7, and the rezoning request is slated to go before the Planning Commission on July 20. Hirschler attorney Jeff Geiger is representing HHHunt in the case.
A call Thursday to Kim Kacani, HHHunt’s executive vice president of real estate development, was not returned.
The Aire at Westchester follows Chesterfield supervisors’ recent approval of Westchester Townes, an infill development within Westchester Commons totaling 210 townhomes from Lakeside-based StyleCraft Homes. That project continues the residential infill that started in recent years with The Vue at Westchester Commons, a 236-unit apartment complex overlooking 288.