VOL. 115 | NO. 202 | Wednesday, November 28, 2001
By JENNIFER MURLEY
homes on tap for Midtown
planned unit development, encompassing the last large plot of land on the west
end of the Midtown Corridor within the Evergreen Historic Preservation
District, tops todays Memphis Landmarks Commission agenda.
meeting begins at 4:30 p.m. in Conference Room A at City Hall, 125 N. Main St.
of appropriateness for the first six of 20 residential homes to be built on 4.1
acres of vacant land situated at the south end of Williamson Park are to be
heard by the commission. MLC staff
recommends approval of all six designs, under the condition that the builders
make a follow-up appearance before the MLC design review committee for approval
of brick, mortar and shingle colors.
builder and developer Bernard Cowles, co-owner of Remac LLC, said his firm
along with builders Rob and Brad Hansom of Hansom Homes are currently under
contract to jointly purchase the property for $651,000 from the City of Memphis
at the end of this month.
also is building four Victorian homes as part of another infill development
known as McLean Court on McLean Boulevard, adjacent to the old central library
at 1850 Peabody Ave.
two building firms plan to evenly split development and building of the 20 new
homes. Construction is scheduled to begin within the next 30 days pending MLC
approval, Cowles said.
purchase price excludes development costs accompanying the property such as
design and installation of drainage facilities, as well as street realignment,
new homes will include traditional Midtown designs such as two story
four-squares, 1.5-story bungalows and cross gables according to the staff
reports. Lavelle Walker of Lavelle Walker Residential Design will design all
the homes, Cowles said.
on the new homes, which will average 2,400 square feet in size, will be similar
to many other new homes built within the corridor, with the first six priced
between $250,000 to $275,000. In the second phase of the planned development,
which Cowles said would be distinguished by larger lots and higher prices,
homes will run from $275,000 to $325,000.
manager Nancy Jane Baker said the property is being developed as a planned unit
development because of drainage issues on the property.
neighborhood had a lot of concerns that there wasnt some kind of controlling
of the run-off, which is not bad unless there is a lot of rain, so (the
developers) are being required to put in a buffer area, Baker said, which
would include a drainage facility that would not only control drainage near the
new homes, but also handle runoff from nearby streets.
by designing the property as a planned unit development, Baker said higher
density housing would be permitted, which would be more compatible with the
neighborhood. But, she said, the homes would still be held to the same design
guidelines as other structures within the district.
will fill in that hole, Baker said, referring to the empty corridor property,
which has sat vacant since the 1970s. The city began selling the property back
in the early 1990s, she said. Itll kind of define where Williamson Park ends,
but other than that, I dont think it will change the neighborhood any more
than any of the other infill has done.