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Residential development approved in Germantown

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A new 45-lot residential development has been approved north of Poplar Ave. and east of Johnson Road.

The Germantown Board of Mayor and Aldermen unanimously approved the 23-acre Chapel Cove subdivision Monday night during their regularly scheduled meeting.

Twenty three lots will be completed in the first phase of the project. The minimum lot size will be 15,398 square feet.

Over the summer, several residents of Devonshire Gardens expressed displeasure over the smaller homes that will be built on the new lots.

The project has been revised so that the 22 largest lots completed in the second phase will border Devonshire Gardens to the east. There will also now be a 15-foot tree preservation easement bordering the Devonshire lots.

There will be an 8-foot wall constructed along Poplar Ave. to serve as a traffic buffer for the new subdivision. There will also be a 10-foot wide pedestrian path to nearby Johnson Park.

The property was annexed by Germantown in 1988 and is owned by Germantown Baptist Church, 9450 Poplar Ave.

Cameron Ross, director of Economic and Community Development for the city, said the project moves the city closer to the Germantown Forward 2030 Strategic Plan, which includes the objective of promoting “positive trends in assessed value of residential areas.”

“By continuing to create opportunities for new residential properties and encourage improvement in existing homes,” he said, “the result is higher home values, pride in ownership, new residents and an increased value to both neighborhoods and the city.”

Germantown had 11 new home sales through the first eight months of 2016, ranking it among the lowest in Shelby County. By contrast, Bartlett and Collierville had 102 and 86 new home sales from January to August, respectively.

Ross said that the construction time for the project is currently “difficult to estimate.”

In related news:
• Board members unanimously approved a project development contract for the first lot of the Forest Hill-Irene commercial subdivision, which includes the construction of a 4,959-square-foot office building and 25 parking spaces. This allows the developer to move forward with construction plans for the actual development of the project.