A $40 million warehouse project approved by the Wentzville Board of Aldermen Wednesday night is not only expected to be an economic boost for the area and a benefit to the GM assembly plant, but should also bring some much-needed improvements to Route A.
The Wentzville Logistic Center will be constructed by NorthPoint Development on a 132-acre site that the board voted to annex into the city and rezone. At that same meeting, the board also approved a development plan and a record plat, and authorized bonds with a 10-year tax abatement for the development.
The addition of a 1.3 million square foot warehouse (which will then be the second largest building in St. Charles County) on the same road as the largest building in St. Charles County (the GM plant) will necessitate some improvements to Route A.
A new intersection at Route A and Westgate Business Court will provide access to the development. This intersection will be fully improved, with a signal, striping and a turn lane, and will also provide signalized access to the Wentzville School District’s bus garage.
The Route A exits and entrances at Interstate 70 will be improved with signals and by widening lanes, adding lanes, and striping.
The road improvements will be financed with matching funds from the County Road Board and are estimated to cost more than $5.8 million.
Brent Miles, a representative of the developer, said that he expected construction of the Westgate intersection to be timed with the construction of the Logistics Center itself. That project has a January 2016 projected completion date. The I-70 interchange upgrades must be coordinated with MoDOT, Miles said, “and that takes time.”
Miles, who spoke to the board at the May 13 board of aldermen meeting, said that the company hoped to begin construction the second week of June. The building, which will be the size of 27 football fields, will have concrete tilt-up walls.
“It’s a massive project,” he said.