Mar 20, 2024 - Business

Construction on Chesterfield's The Lake surf park is moving foward

A rendering showing the a building and a big sign that says THE LAKE

The latest rendering of The Lake's entrance. Rendering: Courtesy of Flatwater Ventures

Progress on The Lake — the massive mixed-use development with a surf park rising up near River City Sportsplex in Chesterfield — is finally inching forward.

Why it matters: The entertainment-heavy project has been in the works in some form since 2016, but little movement has happened in recent years.

The latest: Construction for the development's first commercial phase started in January and should be complete this fall with tenants opening soon after, BizSense reports.

  • A Chipotle and a drive-thru Starbucks are on tap to open in the 20,000 square feet of retail space ready this year, plus other tenants the developer declined to share.
  • The Lake — a non-surfing water feature that developers told Axios in 2022 would offer wakeboarding, an inflatable obstacle course and standup paddle boarding— should open by next summer.
  • The 6-acre surf pool and the rest of the project will come online over the next five to 10 years, depending on demand, developer Brett Burkhart told BizSense.

The big picture: Project developer Flatwater Ventures began work on The Lake in 2022, building out roads and utilities, we previously reported.

  • The overall project is slated to include an amphitheater, hotel, retail and restaurant space and around 1,200 residential units (a mix of apartments and townhouses).
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