Neighbors fear $200M construction project - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Neighbors fear $200M construction project

Parkside at Shelby Farms construction site. (Source: WMC Action News 5) Parkside at Shelby Farms construction site. (Source: WMC Action News 5)
A graphic rendering of Parkside on Shelby Farms (Source: WMC Action News 5) A graphic rendering of Parkside on Shelby Farms (Source: WMC Action News 5)
MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) -

The approval of a $200 million housing and retail project near Shelby Farms Park is not being praised by everyone

Land Use Control Board approved construction of Parkside on Shelby Farms, a 55-acre project near the corner of Mullins Station and Whitten roads.

"I am concerned about heavier traffic," neighbor Barbra Burns said. "I can sit and count cars all day long. I have to beg to get out of my driveway every time."

Burns has lived in her house on Whitten Road since she was 3-years- old. She said if the street is widened, it could come directly on her property.

"It's going to start curbing up this way and then there will be a much larger intersection up here from what we can tell."

The quiet walking trails of the area will turn into 1,200 apartments and retail and office space.

"If I had my druthers, I would like for it to stay like it is and be able to stay in my home. But, like I said, progress happens and sometimes we just have to go with the flow and trust God. He's going to put us where we're going to be."

Memphis City Council must still approve Parkside's outline before everything is finalized. The county commission must also OK the crossing of Shelby Farms Greenline by Parkside's main private drive off Mullins Station Road. 

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