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Parking lot approved at Saddle Creek

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With new tenants routinely popping up this year, Germantown’s Saddle Creek is due for some parking enhancements.

On Monday, the Germantown Board of Mayor and Aldermen approved the site plan for a new parking deck at the southwest corner of Poplar Ave. and West Street, referred to as Saddle Creek South.

A 50-space parking lot expansion has been proposed for the site adjacent to the dead-end portion of McVay Road.

The new 2-acre parking deck would be for the exclusive use of employees and for valet parking. Traffic on the deck would be one-way to “reduce the likelihood of a conflict arising between vehicles backing out of the spaces and those that will be traveling through the drive aisle.”

The Shops of Saddle Creek is the first shopping center in the country to be developed as a lifestyle center, which is a mixed-used commercial development that combines the traditional retail functions of a shopping mall with leisure amenities oriented toward upscale consumers.

More than 70 percent of the tenants are unique to the Mid-South, with Brahmin and Everything But Water recently opening for business and Athleta scheduled to open on July 31.

Rise Biscuits, Donuts & Righteous Chicken opened on the south side of Saddle Creek in March.

The Shops of Saddle Creek is two separate centers that straddle Poplar Ave. – Saddle Creek North and Saddle Creek South.

The shopping center was originally approved by the city in 1987. The approval of this expansion brings the total parking count up to 466 spaces.

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