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Local residents will have their first chance to address Murfreesboro officials on the retail and condominium development proposed for the corner of West Main and South Front streets Wednesday.

A public hearing before the Murfreesboro Planning Commission on the proposed 315 West Main development is slated for Nov 7 at 7 p.m. in the City Council Chambers of the first floor of Murfreesboro City Hall at 111 W. Vine St.

California-based Majestic Development is asking the city to rezone the half-acre site from central business district to a planned unit development to allow for the construction of an 80-foot, six-story structure that will contain nearly 9,000 square feet of retail space on the ground floor and 46-dwelling units on the remaining floors.

Downtown residents and business owners who have attended neighborhood meetings on the project have expressed concerns over the modern design of the building.

Most, however, seem to like the concept of bringing more high-end retail and living space downtown.

As currently proposed, condominium units would be one to two bedrooms and range in size from 685 square feet to 1,540 feet. Amenities include individual balconies, a roof top terrace and a three-story, above and below grade parking garage.

The condominiums will be marketed to young professionals who are looking to live in an urban setting. Units are expected to be higher per square foot than any other property in Murfreesboro.

Other public hearings on the agenda include:

• An annexation request for approximately 63.23 acres along the east side of Shelbyville Highway, M & W Murfreesboro Joint Venture applicant.

• A zoning request [2007-420] for approximately 25.9 acres along County Farm Road and Shelbyville Highway to be rezoned from RS-15 to a planning commercial development and 3.09 acres to be zoned PCD simultaneous with annexation for a “big box” retail development, M & W Murfreesboro Joint Venture applicant.
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November 05, 2007 at 6:00pm
Just say NO to rezoing of the property on South Church Street. 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!
November 06, 2007 at 6:00pm
I totally agree with JC! Who knew I would choose to live in the area with the highest count in Murfreesboro. Goodness ~ I thought I was going out to the 'country' when I chose to live off County Farm Road. I was not planning to have a 30 minute drive to travel 3 miles to I-24!
November 06, 2007 at 6:00pm
Plan ahead> plan add-a-lot
November 06, 2007 at 6:00pm
the condo/ retail space on west main will be great for downtown.

on the other hand, another wal-mart anywhere in this county should not be tolerated.
November 07, 2007 at 6:00pm
that's right. wouldn't want another wal-mart (substitute any other big-box retail name here) in town now would we? after all, they provide those pesky things called, uh, wait, it will come to me...it's called, oh yeah, J-O-B-S. we wouldn't want that now would we? can't have too many people employed right?
November 07, 2007 at 6:00pm
The average two-person family (one parent and one child) needed $27,948 to meet basic needs in 2005, well above what Wal-Mart reports that its average full-time associate earns. Wal-Mart claimed that its average associate earned $9.68 an hour in 2005. That would make the average associate's annual wages $17,114. It may be a job...but not a high paying job.
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November 08, 2007 at 6:00pm
go ahead like fl. put asphalt& concrete everywhere, when full go as high as can was there 2 years qago never goig back again,i grew up there could fire a gun anytime. now fools pass law can not except at dove shoot. i , my pilot& radio operator would not have been alive when ww2c europe ended if i had not been good with gun reid thomson
November 08, 2007 at 6:00pm
KeptMan-It's not the amount of jobs so much I think as the quality of jobs. I am one of many who commute to Nashville for that very reason. You can have a town full of minimum wage jobs. Not that M'boro is at that point, but could be. Not everybody can work in retail-someone has to be a customer who can buy what someone is selling in the first place. In other words, there needs to be variety.

November 08, 2007 at 6:00pm
etch, variety is good. and not everyone belongs in retail for other reasons too. quality of jobs is something I do agree with you on. Murfreesboro could use more jobs like Nashville provides.
November 19, 2007 at 6:00pm
Someone please tell me what the up-side of another Wal-Mart in Murfreesboro is. The area doesn't need one - Bedford County Wal-Mart is just 15 minutes away. We must think about our neighborhoods and the retail business there. Do we want a Wal-mart paying low wages to give you low prices on cheap products that weren't made in the USA? It is not always about jobs - because in most states, including Tennessee, workers at Wal-Mart enroll their children is state health plans and are an actual cost to the community. I am interested in hearing directly from those in opposition. Thanks.
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