Barat Academy

Barat Academy will remain at site on Wild Horse Creek Road in Chesterfield. (Facebook photo)

In what has turned out to be the miracle that the school needed, McBride Homes has decided not to proceed with the proposed development at the site of Barat Academy on Wild Horse Creek Road.

Jeremy Roth, senior vice president of land development with McBride, confirmed the news. 

McBride decided to focus instead on its other development on Wild Horse Creek Road – Schaeffer's Grove (formerly Boone's Ridge). 

A site development plan for the 36 single-family home development on 26.8 acres was just approved at the Planning Commission meeting on Aug. 8.

Roth said the name change to Schaeffer's Grove was done to pay homage to the area. The Grove was owned and built by Charles Schaeffer.

A site development plan for the Estates at Fire Rock's 35-acre site was also on the agenda for the Planning Commission meeting. However, prior to the meeting, representatives of the development received word that the project was to be postponed.

The single-family luxury type homes were to include ranch, 1.5- and 2-story models with 3-car, side-entry garages. Homes would range between 2,500 and 4,000 square feet, with an average price of $800,000.

The historic Blake Mound would have been owned by the homeowners' association.

So, it was a surprise to everyone when McBride decided not to move forward with the project.

Debbie Watson, president of the school, has not spoken publicly about the prospect of losing the school. But upon hearing news of the project not moving forward, Watson said she is looking forward to being in Chesterfield for many years to come.

The school's Facebook page states that fall sports begin on Aug. 8 and faculty meetings will be held on Aug. 15. The first day of school is set for Aug. 31.

Barat Academy has been at that site since 2011. Prior to that, the school was located in Dardenne Prairie but was forced to move.