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VOL. 113 | NO. 97 | Friday, May 14, 1999

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By LAURIE JOHNSON Echelon site plan gets land use board OK By LAURIE JOHNSON The Daily News The site plans and a new street request for Echelon at the Ballpark, a proposed apartment community that will be built adjacent to the new Memphis AAA baseball stadium, received approval Thursday from the Memphis and Shelby County Land Use Control Board. The projects developer, Echelon Residential Inc., submitted a request to the LUCB for consolidating 16 parcels of land into five new Downtown lots and dedicating a new South Fourth Street, to be located between Madison Avenue and Union Avenue, according to an Office of Planning and Development staff report, Following OPD staffs recommendation of approval, the board voted unanimously in favor of Echelons request, subject to several conditions and design changes, during the 10 a.m. session of its meeting in City Council chambers. "The proposed apartment development will recreate an urban neighborhood adjacent to the new AutoZone baseball stadium and will continue to strengthen the attractiveness of new residential development Downtown," an OPD staff report concluded. Plans for Echelon at the Ballpark, located east of the stadium on the south side of Madison at North Fourth Street, include four four-story buildings with 297 new apartment units, many overlooking the ball field, as well as a 416-space parking garage and renovations to the Downtown YMCA. Echelons proposal to the LUCB included constructing a new South Fourth Street about 310 feet east of its previous location, which now serves as the third base line for the new field. A right-of-way of 60 feet, with 38 to 40 feet of pavement, is proposed for the new South Fourth Street, which includes two lanes for traffic and two parallel parking lanes. The street proposal includes features designed to reduce traffic speed through the area and sufficient space to accommodate vehicle and foot traffic to and from games. Construction on the $32.5 million apartment community project is expected to start this fall, with completion tentatively scheduled for the summer of 2000. The LUCB considered 10 requests during its meeting. The board approved eight applications and continued two. Other applications approved Thursday include: A site plan submitted by Albertsons Inc. for a new 67,505-square-foot Seessels grocery store and 4,000-square-foot Seessels convenience store/gas station proposed at Highway 64 and Houston Levee Road in the Houston Levee Trails planned development. A request by E.D.S. Inc. to allow resequence phasing for development of the Wolfchase Farms of Bartlett subdivision on Old Brownsville Road. Despite the protests of several area neighbors concerned about the time frame for construction of a neighborhood lake, the LUCB voted unanimously in favor of allowing E.D.S. to switch Phases III and V of the subdivisions development, as well as create a new Phase IIC.  A request by Rudolf Hirsch & Co. Pre-Press Co. for a special exception for parking reduction for a proposed 3,500-square-foot pre-press operation planned for 500 S. Main St. The LUCB continued requests by Ethridge Enterprises to reduce open space west of a Tennessee Valley Authority easement along Greys Creek on 287.3 acres at the southwest corner of Macon Road and Hall Road and by David S. Andrews for a 10-lot subdivision on 2.7 acres on Valleybrook Drive. The LUCBs next meeting is scheduled for June 10.
PROPERTY SALES 56 289 2,908
MORTGAGES 55 226 2,009
BUILDING PERMITS 108 1,002 6,703
BANKRUPTCIES 42 248 1,225