Update (Feb. 6, 2018)

PD 17-23, City Cottages-Cooper Young, will be heard by City Council at their Feb. 20 meeting at 3:30 p.m. in council chambers. Anyone is able to speak for or against the proposal. Or make your opinion known by emailing City Council members.

Update (Jan. 11, 2018)

The Land Use Control Board approved application PD 17-23, City Cottages-Cooper Young, at its Jan. 11 meeting, 7-2, with conditions that included that the land not be used for short-term rentals (Airbnbs); that the buildings include a residential roof with architectural shingles, brick or hardy board siding, and brick or stone material in the space between the ground and the bottom floor of the structure; that street-side landscaping be required; and that the development be subject to all engineering requirements (like soil and drainage studies).

If Cooper-Young Landmarks status is approved by City Council, the building permits for the site will also go before the Landmarks Commission, members of the Land Use Control Board said at the meeting.

Update (Dec. 19, 2017)

The development team for the proposed City Cottages development at the northeast corner of Elzey Avenue and Tanglewood Street held a public meeting at the Railgarten diner at 6 p.m. on Dec. 18, 2017.

About 50 people attended, asking questions and expressing opinions both for and against the development. Ed Apple of Apple Partners LLC, the applicant for the project, said the homes will have three bedrooms, three bathrooms in about 1,250 square feet, and that rent will be at “market value,” projected with a starting point around $1,200.

The project’s representative, Brenda Solomito, said all plans will go through the City’s engineering office, the lot will be regraded and that a geo-technical report of the soil is underway.

The case will be heard at the regularly scheduled Jan. 11 Land Use Control Board hearing in Council Chambers at 10 a.m. If you have questions about the development, please attend the meeting and/or reach out directly to Brenda Solomito Basar, at brenda@solomitolandplanning.com or 901.755.7495.

Here is a link to the presentation given at the Dec. 18 meeting: CityCottagesCYpresentation_121817.

Original Post (Dec. 7, 2017)

The Cooper-Young Community Association has received notification that Memphis-based Apple Partners, LLC, is planning a 10-unit  development for the northeast corner of Elzey Avenue and Tanglewood Street.

A map of the planned area, as well as the notification for zoning amendment sent to the CYCA, can be found here: CityCottagesDevelopment. See the complete application on the Land Use Control Board website.

In meeting with the developer, builder, owner and their representative, the CYCA has also received the following information:

  • The houses will be built by Arkansas-based Little Custom Homes and will include porches and cottage/Craftsman/shotgun design aspects.
  • The 10 units will be rental properties; average rent is still to be determined.
  • The units will back up to each other, with an alley between; each house will have a two-car parking pad with entrance via alley.
  • At least some of the construction for the houses will be completed off site, at a facility in Arkansas. Building materials include hardiplank, hardwood and concrete.

The case will be heard at the regularly scheduled Jan. 11 Land Use Control Board hearing in Council Chambers at 10 a.m. These meetings are open to the public. The developer representative, Brenda Solomito Basar, will also host a public meeting Monday, Dec. 18 at Railgarten Diner at 6 p.m.

If you have questions about the development, please attend the meeting(s) and/or reach out directly to Brenda Solomito Basar, at brenda@solomitolandplanning.com or 901.755.7495.

The CYCA will remain neutral and simply facilitate communication between community members and the developers, unless there is a general consensus among CYCA stakeholders. Feel free to provide comments to info@cooperyoung.org.