A development that will include high rise apartments, restaurants and a hotel is moving near Shelby Farms.
The Shelby County Land Use Control Board approved the project called Parkside at Shelby Farms last week.
The project is getting mixed reviews from the people whose backyards will face it. A main concern for residents is the traffic the project could bring.
“In the beginning we were afraid they were going to be drawing more traffic with professional office buildings,” said William Brewer who is the President of the Shelby Farms Crossings Neighborhood Association.
“The only thing I’m concerned about are emergencies you know because it’s two lane roads. But the developer said they are going to do the roads and they are not moving in until the roads are done, so if that holds true, I don’t have any worries.”
Two years in the making and the development is finally moving forward with plans to break ground February 2018.
“150 room hotel, apartments, condos, retail restaurants, bars, gathering place along the park,” said Bob Turner, Broker Owner, Southern Properties, the project developer.
“I’m going to compare it to like Harbor Town, it’s going to be a gathering spot a place you want to live, a place you want to go eat, watch sunset, gathering for racing, bikes.”
Shelby Farms Park has no financial stake in the project, but developers are asking for its input.
“They’ll see their property values go up because you are changing the area. With the road going through Walnut Grove and I-40, it opens up that entire area. Property values will go up. Traffic will be much better, access to the park will be better,” Turner explained.
Turner says as far as traffic concerns, there are plans to build an entire new road called Shelby Farms Parkway and that road will run adjacent to Mullins Station Road.
“Our plans are to build Shelby Farms Parkway. We will put the money behind for the city part building the parkway. The city, county and Shelby Farms park have all agreed that we want to build a road the whole community wants to build a road,” Turner said.
Shelby Farms Park Conservancy released the statement below about the Parkside Development:
“Shelby Farms Park’s ability to positively impact the communities beyond its borders has always been an important part of our big vision for the world’s next great 21st century park. We believe that the Parkside Development has the potential to complement Shelby Farms Park’s mission while enhancing the communities north of the Park, but only if it is designed, built and operated well. While Shelby Farms Park has no financial stake in the project and it is not a Park project, we believe that a public park has a big responsibility to its citizens. Over the years, we’ve carefully studied the positive impacts of smart development near major urban parks. A good design, thoughtfully planned, can and should lift neighborhoods. Land Use Control Board and City Council have asked us to review the project as designs come together to help make sure it has a positive effect on the Park and its visitors. We appreciate the design approach of Parkside Development so far, and we’re especially pleased with the designers’ focus on a walkable and bikeable project. The developers have put together a reputable team, and they have made several presentations to us. We look forward to developing a better understanding of many components of the project, including feasibility and the impact this development will have on the challenging traffic problem in the Park. We look forward to being involved in the process moving forward.”