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A “big box” retail development that the Murfreesboro planning director said would change the “paradigm” of South Church Street is proposed for the southeastern corner of that street and County Farm Road.

Joseph Aydelott said that portion of the major thoroughfare is vastly residential and many long-term residents are on septic tanks.

“This is a large development,” he said. “It is going to have a large impact.”

Developer M & W Murfreesboro is proposing the construction of a 204,000-square-foot building on a 25.9-acre site. A retailer has not signed on to the project.

A public hearing before the Murfreesboro Planning Commission is set for Nov. 7 at 7 p.m. in the City Council Chambers on the first floor of Murfreesboro City Hall at 111 W. Vine St.

The developer represented at a Wednesday planning commission work session by Ralph Knauss is asking a portion of the property be annexed into the city of Murfreesboro and the entire property be rezoned from RS-15 to a planned commercial development.

“It is an area of growth — current and future growth,” he said. “We feel it is an ideal situation for a big box.”

A fueling station and drive-through pharmacy are proposed for the building.

Planners want to see the large-scale building developed to a high standard for design, architectural materials and color.

A traffic signal is proposed for the intersection of County Farm Road and South Church Street and for an access road 1,600 feet north of County Farm Road.

Erin Edgemon can be reached at 869-0812 and at eedgemon@murfreesboropost.com.
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October 10, 2007 at 12:00am
Wal-Mart? Costco? Hmmmm. Has to one of the two in that size building. The gas part makes me think Wal-Mart. Not sure if Costco sells gasoline, but Wal-Mart does, both have a pharmacy as a part of the retail front they offer.
October 10, 2007 at 12:00am
Murfreesboro needs a sign that says: NO VACANCY
October 10, 2007 at 12:00am
When you get so tired of driving past road construction and hollar out "Get 'er Done" from your car window............you maybe a redneck........but you so want to do it anyway.
October 11, 2007 at 12:00am
They're not happy having one Old Fort Parkway obstacle course.
Now they want to put one on the south end of the county.
Will it include a maze like Old Fort?
October 11, 2007 at 12:00am
Is this different from the Target I hear that's coming?
October 11, 2007 at 12:00am
Admiral, City of Murfreesboro does not like signs.
October 11, 2007 at 12:00am
Target, hmm not heard of them building a new store here. They have a super Target going up in Lavergne. Maybe they will put up another maze out there to keep us occupied.
October 11, 2007 at 12:00am
{building developed to a high standard for design, architectural materials and color.}

"this should rule out Wal-mart"
October 11, 2007 at 12:00am
I don't think Big Box is defined as a Wal-Mart or Target. Bet it's Costco. Hopefully, they will be in compliance with the sign ordinance, whoever they are. They may shut them down, but only after they are open.
October 12, 2007 at 12:00am
The Costco in Cool Springs does have gasoline at their location. But I had heard there would eventually be a Costco near The Avenue.
October 12, 2007 at 12:00am
We live right across the street from the development for 25 years. For about 2 years now we've been hearing it is to be a super Target. But then in the past that spot was going to be everything from a Krogers, a middle school to a retirement facility. Maybe this time something will actually be built.
October 12, 2007 at 12:00am
Would love it if it were a Super Target! You have not lived until you've shopped in one of them.

Admiral, love the "get'er done" and "no vacancy sign for Murfreesboro" comments. DMW37128,loved your response...hilarious.
October 12, 2007 at 12:00am
It is a no-brainer that something is eventually is going to go in on that corner, but what kills me about this town is that they start on one road construction, never to get it finished..it just seems that this whole town is nothing but a roadway mess!! We cut through Riverrock to Warrior this afternoon thinking it would save us time rather than going down the interstate,,boy were we wrong..took us 50 minutes...most of that time being spent on Church St!! Rutherford has been a mess forever, same for Church St. at the interstate exchange...now they have dug up 231 south all the way out past Christiana Elementary School!! I was just on it this evening and I can tell right now, if the accidents were bad out that way before, they are only going to be worse now!! Most everyone was staying in the one smooth lane, but flying and tailgating; I had someone come right upon me and I thought they were going to run me off the road.
I know growth is going to happen, but these roadways are getting a bit much.
October 13, 2007 at 12:00am
Yikes ~
That's my corner! And here I thought I moved far enough out into the country when I came to Murfreesboro a year and a half ago.
(well......I hope it is a Costco - that would save me the drive to Cool Springs and yes many Costco's do have gas stations).
Why do they have to REZONE though?
October 18, 2007 at 12:00am
Sounds like a 204000 sq.ft. Wal-Mart Superstore. They are being very quiet about this and nobody knows what is going in that spot. However, a gas station and drive through pharmacy are planned. HMMMMM - why be so SNEAKY??????? This is near a large residential area. Right in front of people's homes.

Wal-Mart's desired superstore size in most metropolitan markets is 204000 square feet.


October 26, 2007 at 12:00am
It definately looks like WM. If they have to hide their name they should not build here. I live nearby and hate the thought. It already takes 30 min to get to I24 in the morning.
October 29, 2007 at 12:00am
Unfortunately, the specifications the developer give for the property is a recipe for a Wal-Mart Super Store, complete with fuel center, remote pharmacy drop off, lawn and garden, auto service, etc. This, along with the size of the building gives it away.

They say they have no tenant. No one will build this type of a building with no tenant lined up. If a company is too ashamed to be up front about who they are and what they want to do, that should be a huge clue that we should say NO!

Traffic on South Church Street is already unbearable. The current traffic counts on South Church at Savannah Ridge is nearly 33,000 vehicles. Move up to I-24 and the count soars to almost 50,000 -- the highest number in Murfreesboro. The current widening of South Church is long overdue for the existing traffic. Add a Wal-Mart super store and it will only be worse. The traffic count by the Wal-Mart on South Rutherford is only about 20,000 in comparison. We can't take any more traffic on South Church!
January 03, 2008 at 12:00am

Here are some of the issues:

• A public hearing will be held on Thursday, January 17, 2008 at Murfreesboro Council Chambers, 111 West Vine Street, at 7:00 p.m. The hearing will take up amendments to the zoning ordinance that will rezone a large tract of land on the south side of County Farm Road at the intersection of Highway 231. The Council will also consider annexing an adjacent parcel of land. Both tracts will then be zoned for a “big-box” retailer as part of this proposed commercial development.

• According to records filed with the City Planning office, Canonsburg Place as it will be called, will include one (1) 204,000 square foot retail store, along with gas pumps and pharmacy. The developer, Ralph Knauss has stated that no tenant has been secured for the development; however, Ralph Knauss has been associated with several similar projects in the south, including JDN Development of Atlanta, who developed commercial properties in Franklin for Wal-Mart/Sam’s Club.

• Another development, BSM Market Shopping Center, to be located between Savannah Ridge and County Farm Road will include another 200,000 square feet of retail shopping space and three anchor stores.

• Your planning commission considers this area as “underserved” in the terms of retail.

• The proposed development will add further to the traffic congestion on South Church Street. At least two new stop lights are proposed on South Church Street south of Barfield – Crescent Road. Traffic studies report over 25,000 vehicles per day traveling between Shelbyville and Murfreesboro. There are 45,000 vehicles at the I-24 interchange.

• Big-box retailers, like Wal-Mart, are magnets for crime. They often take advantage of tax subsidies and other infrastructure developments paid for by municipalities.

• Workers employed in retail such as big-box stores typically do not have benefits nor are they paid a living wage.

(Contact Joan Hill at 594-0843 for information about this meeting)
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