Commercial space, 365 houses pitched for Westfield

Two proposals could bring 365 new houses to Westfield’s west side.

One would include 94 single-family homes and 17 acres of commercial development at the northeast corner of 146th Street and Oak Ridge Road. The other project would bring 271 homes to land north of 176th Street between Casey Road and Spring Mill Road.

The Landings at Village Farms

Called The Landings at Village Farms, the project at 146th Street and Oak Ridge Road would be built on 58 undeveloped acres. The project is proposed by Pulte Homes and Mark Zukerman, a local real estate developer. Land abutting 146th Street would be reserved for commercial development, while the remaining acreage would be for residential development.

Up to 90,000 square feet of commercial buildings would be constructed for neighborhood business uses that could include a coffee shop, a daycare or a drug store among others. Larger businesses such as fast food restaurants and gas stations would be prohibited. The single-family detached homes, which would be a mix of ranch style and two-story houses, would sell for between $325,000 and $350,000.

Pulte and Zukerman have requested the land be rezoned from the SF-2 zoning designation, which allows for low density single-family housing, to a planned unit development to accommodate the project.

The proposal goes before the Westfield Washington Advisory Plan Commission August 5, when a public hearing on the matter will be conducted.

Orchard View of Westfield

The project slated for north of 176th Street between Casey and Spring Mill roads would be called Orchard View. It would be built on about 103 acres and would include up to 271 single-family detached homes. Nearly 200 of the houses would be built for millennials and first-time home buyers, while 72 would target empty-nesters.

The project is proposed by Arbor Homes, which is focusing on ranch-style houses with plenty of outdoor living space for empty-nesters. The homes would sell for between $200,000 to $250,000.

Arbor Homes has requested the land be rezoned to a planned unit development that would allow for high-density residential development. The proposal also goes before the plan commission August 5. Both housing projects could return to the city council for a final vote as soon as Sep. 9.

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