Parkside at Shelby Farms Proposal Goes to LUCB

Thursday, February 11, 2016, Vol. 131, No. 30

A plan to build three mixed-use apartment towers and garden apartments on the northern border of Shelby Farms Park goes to the Land Use Control Board Thursday, Feb. 11.

The concept plan for Parkside at Shelby Farms calls for three mixed-use, multistory apartment buildings directly north of Mullins Station Road, as well as 312 garden apartments.

(Land Use Control Board)

The Parkside at Shelby Farms, a planned development proposed by Memphis-based DB Development Co., would be located at the northwest corner of Whitten and Mullins Station roads, putting the Shelby Farms Greenline almost at its doorstep.

The plan calls for three U-shaped buildings no more than nine stories high, built with a southern view of the park and featuring "limited ground floor commercial with outdoor spaces and professional offices on the second floor of the buildings," according to the LUCB staff report.

Two of the towers would measure 75,000 square feet each, with 15,000 square feet of first-floor retail space. The third tower, which would be closer to Whitten Road, would measure 60,000 square feet, including 26,400 square feet of retail.

The three-phase development covers 55 acres and includes garden-style apartments and a detention basin on the western side of the property. The 312 apartments would span 18 buildings no more than three stories high.

The property is at the dead ends of three roads – Patmore Road, Harpeth Drive and Place View Lane – on surplus property from the Westchester Square planned development that is currently zoned for single-family residential development.

The planned development approval by LUCB was delayed in November for more analysis of the plan. Homeowners in the area have long had concerns and questions about how future development will affect traffic and drainage issues.