Residential development along a stretch of Otterdale Road appears slated to continue southward in Chesterfield County.
Markel | Eagle, affiliated with area homebuilder Eagle Construction of VA, is planning a 200-home age-restricted subdivision on 100 acres off the west side of Otterdale immediately south of Westerleigh, a 500-lot community by fellow builder Main Street Homes.
Called Parke at Cold Creek, the Eagle development would be the next along Otterdale south of Genito Road, where the 300-acre Summer Lake development started the ball rolling in the early 2000s. Westerleigh began development in 2006.
Parke at Cold Creek would consist of detached single-family homes reserved for buyers aged 55-and-up.
Markel | Eagle President Ricky Core said the homes would be similar to what Eagle has built in Kenbrook at Harpers Mill, where age-restricted homes start from $452,000 and range from 1,600 to 2,800 square feet in size with two to five bedrooms and two to three bathrooms.
Core said the community would also be in line with Eagle’s other “Parke”-themed properties, such as its Parke at Centerville and Parke at Saddlecreek neighborhoods in eastern Goochland.
“This is going to be an amenitized community that will follow up on the success and demand we’ve seen in Harpers Mill,” Core said Tuesday, adding that the location along Otterdale is convenient to other amenities and travel routes.
The project requires rezoning and conditional-use approvals from Chesterfield supervisors, who are slated to vote on the requests at their meeting Wednesday. County planning staff supports the proposal, and the Planning Commission recommended approval.
Markel | Eagle is under contract to purchase the 100-acre site, which consists of six separately owned parcels at 5400, 5406, 5412, 5418, 5424 and 5500 Otterdale Road. Two existing homes on the properties would remain with the development.
The county has assessed the six parcels at $2 million combined.
Core said conversations with the landowners started two years ago, just ahead of the pandemic.
“We hit the pause button for a time, but we started discussions back up in August 2020,” he said.
He said the homes would emphasize single-level living with primary suites located on the ground floor. The homes would also include front- and corner-side-loading garages with garage doors enhanced with at least three decorative or design elements.
A community amenity area at the entrance to the site would include a pergola with shade garden, pavilion, fire pit, bike racks, outdoor kitchen, restrooms, and pickleball and bocce ball courts. Open space areas and a trail network would also be worked into the development.
Andrew Scherzer with Balzer & Associates is representing Markel | Eagle in its requests to the county. The architectural and engineering firm drew up the project’s conceptual site plan, while landscape architecture firm Cite Design drew up the amenity area plan.
Core declined to provide a cost estimate for the project, adding that such numbers are likely to change. Should supervisors approve the rezoning and conditional-use requests, he said development would start as soon as site plan approvals are secured, with construction likely to be done in two phases.
While busier of late in western Henrico, where its developments include GreenGate in Short Pump and the forthcoming 1,600-home Avenlea community, Eagle has been active with 55-plus developments in Chesterfield including its Villas at Providence quad homes off Reams Road, Harvest Glen off Courthouse Road, and Villas at Dogwood near Hull Street and Cosby roads.
Parke at Cold Creek would also add to other development activity in the area of Otterdale and Genito. Nearby, Boone Homes is planning a 307-home development on 155 acres off Genito west of Otterdale and north of Summer Lake.