Planning Commission to review Dunnavant Valley gas station, grocery store

Published 12:01 pm Wednesday, July 29, 2015

By MOLLY DAVIDSON / Staff Writer

NORTH SHELBY—The Dunnavant Valley area may soon get a grocery store and gas station on Shelby County 41. The Shelby County Planning Commission will review site plans for the proposed businesses during an Aug. 3 meeting.

The proposed gas station and grocery store will be located in Dunnavant Square on the north side of Shelby Count 41, east of The Village at Highland Lakes and Fowler Lake Estates and west of Mt Laurel.

A master plan approved for the site in 2008 included the future development of a gas station, grocery store, bank and drug store, Shelby County Chief Development Officer Chad Scroggins explained.

“It’s been a long time coming,” Scroggins said of the grocery store and the gas station. “(The developer has) been waiting for the market to develop.”

The gas station site plan calls for a 1,782 square-foot building, substantially smaller than the 3,300 square-feet in the original master plan, and will include two or three gas pumps, Scroggins said.

The grocery store plans call for a “small, community boutique grocery store,” as opposed to a supermarket, Scroggins explained. The building is a proposed two-level and approximately 24,000 square feet structure, with a cafe-style area on the second level.

Both the gas station and grocery store will be architecturally similar to the surrounding homes and buildings in the Dunnavant Valley area.

“The intent is for it to blend in with the surrounding area,” Kristine Goddard, principal planner with the Shelby County Development Services Office, said, noting the buildings will have an “architectural design that mimics” the surroundings.

Scroggins also noted the Planning Commission will likely require a “substantial amount of landscaping” around both buildings.

The Dunnavant Valley area does not currently have a gas station or grocery store similar to ones proposed.

“This would be a more convenient option,” Scorggins said, noting the gas station and grocery store would be convenient to communities such as Highland Lakes, North Lakes at Greystone, Shoal Creek and Stonegate Farms.

The Shelby County Planning Commission will review and discuss approval for both site plans during an Aug. 3 meeting at 6 p.m. at the County Services Building in Pelham.