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VOL. 114 | NO. 178 | Tuesday, September 12, 2000

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By Sue Pease City, county to discuss N. Memphis intersection By Sue Pease The Daily News A decision to rezone two acres of land near a busy intersection rests in the hands of city and county lawmakers. The owner of the 2.24-acre property on the east side of Old Covington Pike and Austin Peay wants the parcel rezoned to make way for commercial development. Planners say that zoning is premature. The Memphis and Shelby County Office of Planning and Development and the Land Use Control Board rejected an application for rezoning in north Memphis. Owner Ginette Hanover is requesting the property be rezoned to a highway commercial (C-H) district from its current status of agricultural (AG) and single-family residential (R-S 10). Brian Bacchus, principal planner at OPD, said a highway commercial zoning would allow uses that are too intensive for the area at this time. "The highway commercial district permits uses that are too intense for family homes," Bacchus said. A residential subdivision is being built just south of the area called Tulip Creek Subdivision. A highway commercial zone would allow for commercial uses such as mini-storage warehouses, commercial outdoor amusement, mobile home sales, lumberyards and commercial garages, Bacchus said. "Those kinds of things are not conducive to a single-family neighborhood, we felt," he said. Though the site is close to the intersection of Austin Peay and Old Covington Pike, there is vacant land nearby and it would be premature to allow for commercial zoning, Bacchus said. Hanover said she would not be developing the site, but buyers have contacted her regarding the property and possible commercial uses for it. She is requesting the area be rezoned highway commercial because of commercial interest in the site and also as a result of state plans to improve the intersection of Austin Peay and Old Covington Pike, which will cut into her property. Hanover said the road improvement will take 2,333 square feet of the site in order to allow for a 90-degree turn at the intersection. "Because there is a two-lane highway on my side of the road, that is why they are taking some of my property with them because they have to make a 90-degree angle into Austin Peay," she said. Hanover said she would like the property to go highway commercial because the highway will be so close to the site. Bacchus said Hanover may modify the application to planned commercial zoning, but he believes that at this time, a planned commercial request is too premature, as well. The zoning application will be presented to the Memphis City Council Sept. 19 and to the Shelby County Board of Commissioners Sept. 25.

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