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VOL. 116 | NO. 224 | Tuesday, November 19, 2002

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Six homes on tap to help round out Midtown district


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With six more homes nearing construction start-dates in the Evergreen Historic Conservation District, the area is approaching capacity for new residential construction, said Nancy Jane Baker, manager of the Memphis Landmarks Commission.

Applications for certificates of appropriateness, or COAs, for the six new homes will go before Landmarks at its 4:30 p.m. meeting Wednesday.

When the houses are completed, five additional homes will remain to be built in the 20-lot Evergreen planned development, which is under construction in the area bounded roughly by Williamson Street, Peach Avenue Extended, North Willett Street and Overton Park Avenue in Midtown.

Development plans for two of the remaining tracts, which front the east side of North Willett, should come before Landmarks at its December meeting, Baker said.

And, once the Evergreen neighborhood is complete, only three to five lots suitable for new residential construction remain in the conservation district, she said.

Of those three to five lots, there are two lots that are kind of in question, Baker said. One of them has a huge culvert in it.Were assuming that nobody will actually want to go to the expense to sink the thing, plus have it underneath the middle of their house. So, we really dont expect that one to ever be built on.

The lot is near Overton Park, off Evergreen Street. Another lot in the area presents similar difficulties, but its problems could be more easily rectified, Baker said.

It will take a little bit more than the average new house price to build on that lot, she said. So, I expect that there are about three new houses left, three lots that have not been really worked on in the Evergreen district.

In the Evergreen planned development, six houses are completed and occupied, while two are nearing completion and have been sold, said Bernard Cowles with Remac Construction, a partner with Hansom Homes in the project.

Of the six houses soon to be under construction, three already have contracts on them, Cowles said. Pending Landmarks approval, construction should begin on the homes in December, and wrap up by June or July.

Baker said she expects all six home projects to receive the go-ahead from the Landmarks Commission.

Theyre very similar to some of the houses that have already been built in that planned development, she said. They were designed by the same architect.

Architect on the project is Lavelle Walker.

Three of the homes up for COA approval will be two-story Four Square style homes, common in the Midtown area. Two of the homes will be 1.5-story bungalows, also typical of the character of the area.

The sixth house planned for the current round of construction in the neighborhood is a 1.5-story Tudor Revival home, which is a new design for the development, but still in keeping with the Evergreen districts character, Baker said.

Weve done some of these houses, with similar floor plans and similar styles, before, so weve just changed up the front elevations and a few things like that, Cowles said. But, weve pretty much kept with the same overall game plan as far as the houses and their styles.

Average cost of the homes is between $295,000 and $325,000. Typical square footage of houses in the development range between 2,500 and 2,800, Cowles said.

Other items on Wednesdays Landmarks agenda include an update on the Main Street Demonstration Block Project, as well as a presentation of the Downtown Memphis Lighting Master Plan.

Light It Up is a non-profit organization that has developed a master plan for lighting Memphis to make it more amenable, to make people feel safer and to give us a kind of skyline view that we dont exactly have at the moment, Baker said.

The plan is being presented to Landmarks because it affects three Landmarks districts South Main, Gayoso-Peabody and Cotton Row, she said.

This is a presentation to inform the commission about what the master plan is, and what they expect to try to be doing in the future.

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