VOL. 119 | NO. 74 | Friday, April 29, 2005
Office, Retail Development On Tap for Southwind
More Office, Retail Comes to Hacks Cross
Work begins on 26-building development near Southwind
The Daily News
Commercial developments tend to follow in the path of
residential neighborhoods. So it only makes sense that a massive new
office/retail project is slated for one of Memphis prime spots for new residential
Large-scale project. Players
Crossing, an office development planned for Hacks
Cross Road just north of Winchester Road near the Tournament Players Club at
Southwind, will include a total of 23 office buildings in a gated setting
surrounded by three retail structures. Construction began earlier this month on
the first phase of the retail center.
The 15,000-square-foot building should be ready in August.
They didnt want it to look like a stamped retail center
that you typically see, said Chris McDermott, project manager with contractor
Grinder Haizlip Construction Co. It has a high slope
on the roof with nice shingles, and the cupolas and the dormers give it the look
of a French countryside inn, with the stone and the arches that theyve put in.
Its not your plain box that you see. Its not your mom and dads retail
Developer of the project is Mark Johnson of Johnson
Commercial Realty. Architect is Brian Bullard of UrbanArch
The total development will encompass eight and a half acres.
The perimeter of the project along Hacks Cross and Players Club Parkway
will be wrapped with retail strips, with the 23-building gated office community
in the interior. The office buildings will contain about 74,000 square feet,
Design style. The basic theme of the buildings
architecture is similar to the popular French Country style being employed in
many residential developments.
What weve seen recently is a lot of the residential trends
have migrated into certain types of commercial architecture in the recent past,
namely smaller buildings like office buildings anything that can be stick
framed and constructed similar to a home, Bullard said. People are wanting that same type of character of whats hot in the
residential market, which is what Id say if you polled residential builders
right now, one of the hottest styles is this French Country look. So the office
buildings and the retail buildings all will have a consistent thread of French
styling to them.
What we like is its a very soft and welcoming-type look
that utilizes stone and brick, as well as residential-type architectural
shingles and in some cases exposed wood beams and archways.
Bullard said the development is unique in style and concept.
Theres not really anything similar to this in the Memphis area
that I know of, he said. So in my opinion thats what makes it unique is both
its styling and the concept itself.
Smaller spaces. The
concept is designed for smaller office users, such as insurance offices. The
project is open to businesses that want to build their own sites, as well as
ones that want to lease space.
Sizes of the buildings will vary, with footprints ranging
from 3,000 square feet to 7,200 square feet.
Weve designed several building prototypes to go in there,
Bullard said. If someone wants a building, they contact (Johnson), we show
them the prototypes and there are several different footprint sizes for various
lots within this community. They select a prototype and then we fit them out
for their particular tenant use. We have more or less a matrix of stone and
paint and brick and roof colors that will all go together so you dont get
people in there wanting to build something totally custom that would wind up
being out of place.
European feel. For a
consistent look throughout the project, buildings will feature mostly neutral stone
finishes, a look designed to be soft on the eye but welcoming, Bullard said.
One entrance from Hacks Cross into the development will
serve as an entry boulevard of sorts and will pass between two retail buildings
before dipping back into the office community, ending in a roundabout.
Were looking at a cobblestone-type feel, Bullard said.
Youll realize youve driven into something new, almost a European
village-type feel. With all these buildings in there together and fenced in
with this roundabout and probably a large fountain, the amenities of this
particular development I think are going to be second to none.