Murfreesboro’s Planning Commission met Wednesday to discuss several items, including a recommendation by planning staff to approve a site plan for a distribution center along Joe B. Jackson Parkway as part of “Project Tango.”
The 1.2 million square-foot facility will be located on 87 acres south of Joe B. Jackson Parkway adjacent to the current location of NHK and is rumored to be a distribution center for Internet giant Amazon.
In a previous interview, City Engineer Chris Griffith said this isn’t a guarantee that Murfreesboro has been selected for the Amazon site. He pointed out that when the city was in the running for a FedEx facility some years ago, the company also submitted plans to multiple cities.
At the Planning Commission meeting, City Planning Director Joseph Aydelott recommended the site plan, pending approval by Transportation Director Dana Richardson and any other departments involved.
Planning Commissioner Doug Young added the commission regularly handles such large projects in the same manner.
Commissioner and City Councilman Toby Gilley motioned for approval, Young seconded, and the site plan was approved on condition unanimously.
Also on the agenda was a request by Peter Demos to rezone property at 503 N. Maney from Residential Single Family to Planned Commercial Development.
Demos, co-owner of Demos’ Restaurant located in Murfreesboro, Lebanon, Alabama and Nashville, currently operates two administrative offices for the business in separate locations.
He plans to remodel the historic white clapboard house at the corner of Maney Avenue and Bell Street and consolidate the two offices into one location.
Demos was represented by attorney Bricke Murfree, of Murfree & Murfree Law Firm, who informed the commission upcoming plans for the property will leave the historic home intact and preserve its aesthetic qualities.
“Community meetings we have conducted with surrounding residents have been very positive,” he said.
The commission unanimously approved a Nov. 2 public hearing for the rezoning.
The commission also approved a site plan for Integra Creek Apartments on 19 acres, located south of Manson Pike. The proposal drew some discussion related to garage variances required from the Board of Zoning Appeals.
Aydelott informed the commission the apartments would command higher rent and were larger than most currently in Murfreesboro.
Gilley noted garages may become problematic when residents use them for storage and park cars on the street instead.
“You’re not suggesting that a good Southerner would store his bass boat in the garage and park his Lexus on the street, are you?” Chairman Bob Lamb responded.
Gilley then motioned for approval on condition of proper BZA variance approval and the recommendation passed unanimously.