Planning Savannah Ridge

The shaded spot marked “area” on this map shows where developers plan to build The Marketplace at Savannah Ridge on South Church Street/Shelbyville Pike by Joe B. Jackson Parkway.

The Murfreesboro Planning Commission on Wednesday deferred action on a South Church Street shopping center for two weeks after requesting more detailed renderings of the project.

The Marketplace at Savannah Ridge will come before the commission again at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 21. The applicant is commercial real estate agency Baker Storey McDonald Properties.

The future shopping center would be located on 24.15 acres on the east side of South Church Street/Shelbyville Pike and north of Joe B. Jackson Parkway Walmart. The property was approved in 2006 as a planned commercial development and amended in September 2017 as a planned unit development to allow for residential uses in addition to commercial.

Developers are asking to change the zoning again to reduce the commercial square footage slightly, down to 137,455 square feet, increase the number of townhomes from 30 to 37, delete four single family homes and move the stormwater detention to the north section of the property, city planner Marina Rush said. Rush expressed concern about the developers’ apparent plans to change the architectural styles.

The amended plan also changes a three-story building to one-story, according to the developers.

There would be 12 commercial buildings total.

Clyde Rountree of Huddleston-Steele Engineering Inc. also represented the developer. He said the townhomes will be two stories tall.

Planners expressed confusion on what design and building materials the project would use, saying the “pattern book,” or design and zoning guide, was not clear. One of the developer’s architects said they are still using mostly brick in the construction.

Assistant city attorney David Ives said the pattern book needs to include more detailed renderings so the city will know what the buildings will look like; a pattern book is a legally binding document connected to a planned development’s zoning.

The developers said they would present more details at the next planning commission meeting.

David Baker of Baker Storey McDonald spoke to the Murfreesboro Post after the meeting. He said he hopes to start work on the development this year and have tenants opening in fall 2020. Tenants that are looking at the site include a grocery store, general merchandise retailers, “several restaurants” and “exercise groups,” he said.