A new Wentzville School District elementary school is in the works for a 31-acre site at 2000 Interstate Drive, just east of South Point Prairie Road.
The city’s planning and zoning commission gave its support to the plan at their meeting on January 2. Plans will now go to the board of aldermen for final approval.
The land, which has been known as Westgate Commerce Park, is currently zoned for office and warehouse use, and the request by the Wentzville School District is a major change from the plan formerly in place for the acreage.
“It’s the same prototype school, in full build-out it will be 105,000 square feet. Two access points will be off Interstate Drive, one for passenger vehicles, and one for the buses,” said Cliff Heitman, an engineer with Bax Engineering, at the planning and zoning commission meeting.
Construction on the school is expected to begin this year, with the school opening for the 2020-21 school year, Heitman said. The Interstate Drive extension to the school site should be complete by that time. However, the new David Hoekel Parkway interchange at I-70 is not expected to be complete until 2021, said Doug Forbeck, Wentzville’s community development director. “There is a little bit of a gap in time. I’m not exactly sure how to handle that.”
“Transportation improvements are funded and will be in place,” Forbeck said, “But there is a question of timing of when the roads are open and when the school wants to open.”
Forbeck also mentioned that no information had been provided about the new school’s service boundaries. Dr. Curtis Cain, Wentzville School District superintendent, said that boundaries had not yet been determined.