Southaven aldermen Tuesday night paved the way for a major new development between Tchulahoma and Getwell roads south of Goodman Road, while also setting the date for a special election to fill a board vacancy.
A request to rezone approximately 228 acres of land into what will be known as Silo Square was approved by the six aldermen in attendance Tuesday evening. The application came from Brian Hill for Lifestyle Communities, LLC of Hernando.
Hill said the plans are to construct a town square-like area for a city that doesn’t have one right now. A silo that has a century of history will be the centerpiece of the development.
“It’s got office, retail shopping, dining, loft apartments above the square, hotels, over 300 residential single-family lots and a farmers market,” Hill said. “We’re refurbishing the old silo and making it an iconic monument in the neighborhood. The silo has been around for about 100 years.”
The land is currently zoned agricultural but with the board’s approval now becomes a Planned Unit Development for construction of the project. Hill expects construction on the project could begin as early as April and he hopes to have some parts completed as early as the end of this year.
Silo Square will have access from Getwell and Tchulahoma roads with the residential portion on the western side of the project, while the office and retail portions will have open access from Getwell Road.
What is termed a passive gate access will welcome people into the residential area from Tchulahoma Road and the western end of the retail/office area.
City staff comments in the application stated, “The all-inclusive neighborhood approach is a concept we don’t have in Southaven now which allows residents to eat, sleep and shop within a walkable distance.”
Board members Tuesday night also moved to set Feb. 13 as the date for a special election to fill the now-vacant Ward 2 seat previously held by Ronnie Hale.
The seat has been vacant since Hale resigned late last month after a U.S. District Court appearance in Oxford on charges of possession of child pornography. The felony charge is in addition to earlier charges against him, accusing Hale of procuring prostitution.
Hale posted bond and immediately resigned his elected post shortly after his court appearance on Dec. 20.
Tuesday’s board resolution officially declared a vacancy and set the election, as required by state law. The deadline for candidates to qualify is Jan. 24.
At least one candidate has already emerged, as former television news photojournalist Charlie Hoots, who lives in the ward, said after the meeting he was completing the paperwork to enter the race.
The polling place for the special election will be the DeSoto County Justice Court Building at 8525 Highway 51 North in Southaven. Hours will be from 7 a.m.-7 p.m.
An item to approval a contract for a concert promoter for the BankPlus Amphitheater at Snowden Grove was tabled to the board’s next meeting. Mayor Darren Musselwhite said he has negotiating the new contract, but the Christmas holiday has prevented a legal overview before a final agreement.
“We don’t have reason to believe that there’s a problem with that, it’s just a matter of the holidays,” Musselwhite told aldermen. “Before the next board meeting we should have that signed contract in hand and I’ll bring that back before you.”
Bob Bakken is Staff Writer and may be reached at 662-429-6397 ext. 240.