Townhouse complex nears approval, Menards out-lot businesses OK’d

Development of the planned new Central Park Townes residential complex, in the Lavina Terrace subdivision, drew another step closer Monday night (March 7), as the Richmond Heights City Council introduced the final legislation required for approval of the project.

Atlanta-based Pulte Homes is proposing the 42-unit townhouse development for the former grounds of the Brith Sholom Kneseth Israel Congregation, just north of the Metro-Link tacks at 1107 East Linden.

The publicly-traded development firm has a portfolio of residential properties in more than 50 markets around the nation, including Del Webb communities for active older adults in 19 states, DiVosta luxury communities throughout Florida, and a group of single-family and townhome communities, developed in 13 states under the Centex brand.

Through its St. Louis County offices in Chesterfield, the company in January opened its Creekside at Mason development in Creve Coeur and last week officially opened Wildwood Trail subdivision in Wildwood.

The bill introduced at Monday night’s Richmond Heights council meeting would formally subdivide Lot 12 and part of Lot 13 of Lavina Terrace into 42 separate lots for the townhouse complex. Final approval of the revised subdivision plat is anticipated at the council’s March 21 meeting.

Council members unanimously approved rezoning of the tract from Single Family Residential to Planned Development at their Oct. 19 meeting.

In other action Monday night, the council issued conditional use permits for three new businesses in out-lot locations in the new Menards Home Improvement complex:

  • A Noodles & Company restaurant at 1624 S. Hanley Road
  • A Gateway Custard, LLC, store (doing business as Andy’s Frozen Custard) at 1600 S. Hanley Road
  • A Penn Station sandwich shop at 1774 S. Hanley Road

The council also gave first reading to a proposed amendment to the municipal code defining the parties responsible for the actions of limited liability corporations (LLC) within the city. LLCs have been increasingly used as the corporate structure for businesses in the city over recent years, City Attorney Ken Heinz explained. However, they were relatively rare years ago when the city code was developed and therefore not originally included in the code, he said.

See also: Public-private partnership eyed for Hanley/I-64 development

4 thoughts on “Townhouse complex nears approval, Menards out-lot businesses OK’d

  1. What about the roads for all this new housing? The Hanley Road, Manchester, Brentwood Blvd and Eager Road corridors are so jammed with traffic now on the weekends. And Brentwood Blvd has got to be the worst stretch of road. Hanley is going to be jammed when Menard’s opens with the Walmart next door!

    • For the first few weeks Menard’s will add quite a bit of traffic. But after that I think they will be largely cannibalizing sales at Home Depot and Lowe’s (and to a lesser extent WalMart).