Development Updates: 883 Barksdale and Well Child

Development Updates: 883 Barksdale and Well Child

Two proposed Cooper-Young projects inched closer to reality late last month with a pair of public meetings.

On August 27th, Ahmed Saffarini, developer for a proposed condominium on the location of the old Market at 883 Barksdale, presented his most recent plans to the Board of Adjustments. A copy of the duplex plans, arrived at after meetings with area residents, can be viewed on our web site, The Office of Planning & Development recommended approval of the plans with conditions. One resident came to speak in opposition but after seeing the newest proposal did not oppose the project. The board voted 7 to 1 in favor of approval with the staff-recommended conditions.

Also on August 27th, officials with the school health-screening business Well Child presented residents with their plans for a compromise on their Central Avenue parking lot. Last winter Well Child built a needed-but-unauthorized parking lot 400 feet away from its 650 New York location at the corner of Central and New York at 2250 Central. When the business sought after-the-fact approval for the lot, a number of civic groups, including the Cooper Young Business Association and Cooper Young Community Association, opposed it, noting it did not conform with zoning rules laid out in the Midtown Overlay.

Well Child’s compromise includes the original L-shaped lot and the adjoining Gallery 56 building. The new plans include green space facing Central with access for parking off New York and via a narrow driveway on the eastern edge of the property. Additions will be made onto the existing building to the south and west with entrances on Central and facing the parking lot to the west.

Some attendees had concerns about street side transparency requirements and separation between the parking lot and sidewalk/green space on Central.

Author: LampLighter

The voice of Cooper-Young, a vibrant, diverse neighborhood to live, work and play, in the heart of Midtown Memphis, Tennessee.

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