Wentzville Rec Center & Wentzville Bend Project FAQs
What is the Wentzville Rec Center?
A proposed 83,100 SF indoor multigenerational recreational facility currently in the design phase. Planned amenities include an indoor leisure pool, indoor competitive lap-lane pool, senior activity space, a multipurpose, two-court gymnasium with an elevated track, weight/cardio fitness areas, multipurpose aerobic studios, Kids Zone for "tot drop" and preschool, class/meeting/ multipurpose rooms and more!
Who is the Wentzville Rec Center for?
Everyone! The facility is being designed to include amenities, directly influenced by resident feedback, which can be enjoyed by all members of the community, regardless of age. Both residents and nonresidents rates will be available.
Where will the Wentzville Rec Center be located?
The Center will be centrally located on Wentzville Parkway between West Meyer Road and Schroeder Creek Boulevard (between CVS and City Hall).
What amenities will the Wentzville Rec Center include?
When will the Wentzville Rec Center be complete?
The facility is projected to be operational by fall of 2022.
What is the project status of the Wentzville Rec Center?
Please click here to view the project milestones.
How was the name Wentzville Rec Center selected?
The Wentzville Parks and Recreation Advisory Board approved a process for formally naming the new multigenerational recreation facility in September 2019. A naming steering committee provided a list of six potential names to the Wentzville Parks and Recreation Advisory Board in November 2019; the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board recommended a list of two names to be forwarded to the Wentzville Board of Aldermen.
In December 2019, a community survey was conducted to select the final name for the facility. The following month, the Wentzville Board of Aldermen approved the facility name to be the "Wentzville Community Center."
However, "WCC" became trademarked by the Wentzville Community Club and due to legal concerns, it was recommended that the name be changed. It was renamed "Wentzville Rec Center" by the Board of Aldermen in March of 2021.
What will the hours of operations be for the Wentzville Rec Center?
Ancillary items such as hours of operation are still being determined at this point in the process.
What will the cost of an annual pass or daily visit be?
Items such as the cost of annual passes or daily visits are still being determined at this point.
How does the current design of the Wentzville Rec Center compare to other recreation centers in the area?
Where can I find a copy of the Recreation Facility Feasibility Study?
Following extensive public input, the Multigenerational Center Feasibility Study conducted in 2018 envisioned a building nearly 80,000 square feet in size with a leisure pool, competitive pool, multiple gymnasium spaces, fitness, indoor walking/jogging track, indoor play structure, birthday party rooms and dedicated senior spaces. Although the actual design process will determine the final building program, the revenue generated by this project will fund a building that fits this size and scope. Click here to view the complete Multigenerational Center Feasibility Study.
How do the Feasibility Study program components compare to the current design?
Who is leading the design process for the Wentzville Rec Center?
The Wentzville Board of Aldermen approved an agreement selecting Navigate Building Solutions, LLC, to be the Construction Manager for the multigenerational recreation facility.
The Wentzville Board of Aldermen approved an agreement selecting Hastings+Chivetta Architects to lead the design process for the multigenerational recreation facility.
How is the Wentzville Rec Center going to be funded?
The public portion of the joint development area and eligible components of the private development will be funded by bonds, which will be repaid through sales tax revenue collected in the newly formed Wentzville Bend Regional Community Improvement District (Regional CID) and Wentzville Bend Community Improvement District (Bend CID). Click here to view maps of both CIDs.
What is a CID?
A Community Improvement District (CID) is a political subdivision that may be created for the purpose of issuing bonds, levying taxes and applying special assessments to finance public improvements, public services and blight removal within a defined area.
How is a CID approved? Who gets to vote?
Community Improvement Districts are established through legislative action and can only be approved by the Board of Aldermen and a majority of property owners within the district boundaries. The public hearings, second readings and final votes for the Wentzville Parkway Regional CID and Wentzville Bend CID took place at the June 12, 2019, Board of Aldermen meeting.
How much is the CID tax?
The Wentzville Parkway Regional CID will be funded by an additional 1% sales tax within the district boundary. The Wentzville Bend CID will be funded by an additional 1/2% sales tax within the district boundary.
How much revenue will be generated? How is the CID revenue divided between the City and the developer?
The Development Agreement establishes the following terms for CID revenue distribution between the two parties:
o Revenue generated by the Regional CID will be split between the parties, with 60% distributed to the City and 40% distributed to the Developer. Estimated annual revenue generated (using 2018 receipts) is:
- $2,329,969 – City
- $1,553,313 – Developer
o 3/32 of the Regional CID revenue will be distributed to the City for the operation and maintenance of the multigenerational recreation facility. The 3/32 contained within the Developer (40%) portion of the Regional CID revenue will be passed to the City, but pledged to the Developer’s financing for utilization in the event that anticipated revenues are not realized. Estimated annual revenue generated (using 2018 receipts) is:
- $241,031 – City
- $160,688 – Developer (When passed to the City, the total City amount would be $401,719)
o All revenue generated by the Regional CID on newly developed properties within the Wentzville Bend area will be distributed to the Developer. The amount generated will be dependent upon end users.
o All revenue generated by the Wentzville Bend CID will be distributed to the
Developer. The amount generated will be dependent upon end users.o New Municipal Revenue from sales taxes generated within the Wentzville Bend area will be split between the parties, with 30% distributed to the City and 70% distributed to the Developer. The amount generated will be dependent upon end users.
What activities do the CID revenues fund on the private portion of the development?
Eligible expenses typically include general site work, grading, land clearance, installation of storm sewers, paving and utility extensions. Vertical construction of buildings is not an eligible expense.
Are CIDs and other incentives common for private development projects?
Community Improvement Districts and other incentives have been utilized in a large number of developments throughout the St. Louis metropolitan area. Click here to view a map that depicts the location of all special taxing districts located in St. Charles County.
Where is the Bend project located? What is going to be built on the property?
The Wentzville Bend project is a 60-acre mixed-use development along Wentzville Parkway (in close proximity to Heartland Park, City Hall and the Law Enforcement Center – further extending the “government campus”).
The development will include the Wentzville REC Center, the City’s multigenerational recreation facility, and more than 140,000 square feet of new retail, as well as open spaces.
Who is the private developer for the Wentzville Bend Project?
The private development entity for the Wentzville Bend Project is Wentzville Bend Development, LLC. This group is represented by Alan Bornstein and Jeffrey Otto. Wentzville Bend Development, LLC intends to develop its portion of the project with retail and other commercial uses.
When will the private development (retail, etc.) be completed?
It is anticipated that on-site grading will begin in late fall of 2019. The retail shopping center is expected to be ready for occupancy in 2021.
What businesses are going to locate in the retail development?
The developer has the ability to provide space to any use permitted in the C-3 Highway Business District and WP Wentzville Parkway Overlay District. The provided hyperlinks will take you to lists containing all of the potential uses for the site. The only specific use that has been discussed to this point is a tire sales and installation facility. Announcements will be made as individual businesses are confirmed.
What other public improvements will be built?
As a part of this project, the intersection at Great Oaks Boulevard and Wentzville Parkway will be signalized. Great Oaks Boulevard will be extended to William Dierberg Drive. Crystal Creek Parkway will also be extended to William Dierberg Drive.
How do the tax rates in Wentzville compare to surrounding communities? What has been the trend for the property tax rate in Wentzville?
Entity Property Tax Sales Tax
Lake St. Louis 1.0121* 7.95%
O'Fallon 0.5959 7.95%
St. Charles 0.9507 7.95%
St. Peters 0.7700 7.95%
Wentzville 0.7095 8.45%