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Planning Commission OKs preliminary site plan for future UofM satellite campus

After listening to a handful of residents air their grievances about traffic flow issues, parking problems and overall aesthetics, the Collierville Planning Commission unanimously approved the preliminary site plan Thursday night for a future satellite campus for the University of Memphis.
The campus will be located on the 9.29-acre site of the old Collierville Middle School between W. Poplar and College streets.
Three structures on the site, including a maintenance building, will be demolished to allow room for the 27,000-square-foot college. The campus will include 277 parking spaces. Tom Brooks park will also be accessible for students.
Town Administrator James Lewellen said the average age of students attending the school will be between 18 and 22 years old. While the college has a maximum capacity of 675 people, Lewellen said most students will only be taking one or two courses a week, quelling some traffic concerns.
Jaime Groce, chief planner for the town, said parking will not be permitted on College Street.
Well known Collierville resident Milton Mann Jr. asked the commissioners to consider the residents on College Street. After recalling that there were some mornings in which he couldn’t leave his driveway due to school traffic, Mann said he didn’t want to se the “back side” of the college.
“Those of us who live on College Street will have to see the building every day,” he said. “I would rather look at the front of the building with nice landscaping.”
However, Lewellen said the side of the building that faces College Street is “intended to mirror the images of the historic high school.”
Addressing the other concerns, Lewellen said “every effort will be made to try to minimize traffic.”
He noted that the Board of Mayor and Aldermen is considering the installation of a new intersection at Poplar and Peterson Lake.Microsoft Word - UofMHDCandPCStaffReports-July2013

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