August 03, 2015

Twinings of Collier Plan Draws No Complaints

By Michael Ward
– Collierville Herald –

Approximately 15 residents showed up at the Depot on the Town Square last Wednesday to get a look at the new Twinings of Collier residential development planned for the downtown area.

Representatives of Dalhoff Thomas Daws Land Planning and Landscape Architecture, Boyle Investment and McGuire Engineering presented residents with information on the development. Boyle is handling the development, Dalhoff Thomas Daws designed the project and McGuire Engineering is handling engineering work.

Located east of Mt. Pleasant Road at Washington Street, Twinings of Collier features eight lots on approximately two acres of land. The site, which is elevated above Washington, “is a special piece of land,” said Debra Daws, who led the presentation.

Daws said the overall concept is similar to Washington Gates, another Boyle development also located east of Mt. Pleasant and fronting Washington. The Washington Gates plan will have 16 single-family lots on 5.36 acres.

Daws said the vision for the project is to have “a development that plays off the history” of the downtown area and add strength to the square. The development will retain as many trees as possible, she said.

Boyle’s Doug Dickens said he wants the neighborhood to look like it was built 100 years ago when finished. A small, passive park incorporating existing trees is also planned.

Four of the lots would face Washington, while the others would face an internal private drive. Service for the homes would be from behind. Dickens said the homes could range in size from 1,800 to 3,000 square feet and carry price tags of $365,000-$500,000.

Daws said the planned urban development would be submitted March 17 and that it would probably take until the end of the year to get necessary approvals. Dickens said the hope is to have construction under way by next spring.

Michael Green, who lives on College Street in the Historic District and works for John Green Realtors on the square, said “I’m excited” about the possibility of new residents moving into the downtown area.

Lyman Aldridge, a resident of Natchez Street, added, “It’s a nice plan.”

Following the meeting, Daws said she heard no opposition or concerns from residents at the meeting and is confident about the project.