Gravel pit, apartments on agenda for land use and control board

Gravel pit, apartments on agenda for land use and control board

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Two controversial projects are going in front of the Shelby County Land Use and Control Board.

They involve plans for a Midtown apartment building and a decade-old plan for a gravel pit in Rosemark.

It would send gravel trucks to rural Rosemark Road up to 150 times per day.

Residents in both areas are pushing back some on the plans.

A Gravel Plant is proposed in the Northeast Shelby County community of Rosemark.

For 10 years, Memphis Stone and Gravel company has had their eyes on the property on the border of Shelby and Tipton County at the corner of Mulberry Road and Rosemark Road.

Residents started fighting against the plan in 2006, and the proposal was defeated in 2010.

Memphis Stone and Gravel wants to mine for sand and gravel for road base materials.

On Thursday, the company came back with what they say is an improved proposal – they say this land is rare.

“It’s so rare that we’ve been looking for nine years for an alternative site,” said Michael Fahy, president of Prime Development Group. “Here we are again today.”

Gravel pit, apartments on agenda for land use and control board

The neighborhood was there again as well with multiple speakers including current and former county commissioners, a Shelby County deputy and more, all speaking in opposition.

In response, the land use control board unanimously voted against the project.

Residents worry about safety and what it would do to property values.

“I’m so appreciative that the committee saw the whole picture of our community and that it wasn’t about dollars but it was about the people,” said Barbara Jones, who lives on Mulberry.

Memphis Stone and Gravel said this site is critical to producing the concrete necessary for the $4 billion of investment coming to Memphis.

“We’re running out,” Fahy said. “We have about three to four years’ supply of material in Shelby County in our north plant and we run out.”

It’s not over yet. Next, the proposal will go before the county commission.

These neighbors vow to never quit fighting.

“We just don’t need this in our community,” said Trip Jones, who lives on Mulberry.

In Midtown, developers want to demolish buildings currently owned by the Memphis College of Arts on Poplar Avenue, across from Overton Park.

The plan is to build a six-story, 120-unit apartment building with ground parking for 1330 cars.

While some say the development makes sense since it's where the college is currently housing some students, others think the large building will congest an already congested area.

Both of the plans have to be approved by the Shelby County Land Use and Control Board to move forward.

Copyright 2019 WMC. All rights reserved.