Here We Grow Again

 

Goochland County continues its upward growth and outward expansion, as two new residential communities have made plans to add hundreds of homes in the area.

Mosaic at West Creek, developed by HHHunt Communities, will settle near Tuckahoe Creek Parkway. A second community – a joint effort between Eagle Construction of Virginia, Readers Branch Partners LLC and Hockett Road Partners LLC – will take root close to State Route 288. Once completed, the combined developments are expected to add more than 800 new homes to the area, as the businesses and attractions of Short Pump continue their westward expansion.

Nestled between Hockett Road and State Route 288, the Readers Branch community project will sit on three parcels and over 150 acres just south of Broad Street Road. The community will feature 308 detached single-family homes, along with trails and parks scattered throughout. Scott Gaeser, the principal broker for Eagle Construction of Virginia, has previously made comparisons between the new community and Eagle’s Parkside Village, where homes range from 2,000 to nearly 3,000 square feet. Though it is too early to give exact sizing or pricing for what will likely be two- and three-bedroom offerings (with an equivalent number of bathrooms), Eagle has estimated the cost from $350,000 to $400,000.

The Readers Branch project found its feet in April of this year with the purchase of the Hockett Road parcel. Currently, Eagle Construction representatives are moving the community plans through regulation channels and will go before the Goochland Planning Commission in October. As of August, Eagle Construction representatives were unavailable for comment on a full timeline for the project. However, with successful compliance under the planning commission’s ruling, construction could begin as early as 2019.

Just east of the Readers Branch community, between Broad Branch Drive and Tuckahoe Creek Parkway, the Mosaic at West Creek community will encompass the nearby Capital One campus. The project was originally proposed in 2017 and received its green light in March of this year. With construction to begin in the first quarter of 2019, the community will serve as the county’s largest residential neighborhood, with 520 homes sitting on over 200 acres. Unlike the Readers Branch project, however, the Mosaic at West Creek community will be age-restricted for 55-plus residents.

Kim Kacani, president of HHHunt Communities, says that the location and age restriction are a result of demand. “Market research indicates there is a significant demand for communities serving the [age] 55-plus buyer,” she says. “The West Creek location is ideally suited for such a community with its proximity to Short Pump and Centerville.” Both of these areas continue to serve as beacons growth through central Virginia as they attract developers and invite commerce.

The community will also feature residential amenities such as a pool, fitness center and a clubhouse for homeowners. This comes on the back of HHHunt’s vision to “provide a world-class destination for those 55 years or [older] who seek the comfort and convenience of low-maintenance homes,” as Kacani emphasis.

Community plans call for 341 single-family homes, ranging in price from $350,000 to $500,000. Additionally, there will also be 179 townhomes, with prices from $280,000 to $350,000. Phase one of the project, which will include 49 completed homes of the projected 520, will be available in 2020.

The area west of Short Pump shows no sign of slowing down with the recent addition of Wegman’s supermarket and the surrounding shopping center. Add to that the Readers Branch and the Mosaic at West Creek Communities, Goochland County will allow for continued economic growth and business expansion in the already booming area. “This community will be our first in Goochland,” Kacani says. “And we look forward to being an engaged community partner.”

Zach Brown
Author: Zach Brown