Nearly 14 acres of the Arthur property in Germantown could be sold in July tax sale

Site once considered for Germantown Town Center location

By Published: January 09, 2019 4:00 AM CT

Part of a Germantown site once considered for a mixed-use development near the suburb's central business district could end up for sale in July to cover back property taxes.

The land – known as the Arthur property and owned by relatives of former mayor Boyd Arthur Jr. – sits west of Saddle Creek between Poplar Avenue and Poplar Pike. A $164 million development called Germantown Town Center was destined for 32 acres of the Arthur family land.

While Germantown Town Center remains in limbo, county trustee records show the property owners – Andrew Arthur and his sister, Eleanor Woodward – owe $539,901 in back taxes on nearly 14 acres of the site.

Because of those taxes dating to 2010, the two parcels are scheduled to be sold in a July 30 tax sale.

Andrew Arthur, brother of the former mayor, has $528,818 in unpaid taxes to Shelby County and Germantown on the most valuable parcel. His 4.3 acres fronting Poplar Avenue and surrounding the IberiaBank location have an appraised value of more than $2 million. Eleanor Woodward owes $11,083 to the county on 9.5 acres – the largest parcel owned by the family.

Germantown City Administrator Patrick Lawton said overdue taxes to the city are turned over to the trustee’s office. According to the trustee’s office, the family has until July 26 to pay their delinquent taxes and avoid the sale.

A third tract – 4 acres stretching from the north side of Poplar Pike – is owned by multiple family members and has $163,106 in unpaid county taxes from 2017. However, it is not listed as part of the July tax sale.

Although the tax sale is less than seven months away, Rob Jeffrey, an Arthur relative who addressed inquiries on behalf of the owners, said he is certain the land will stay in the family.

“We’re gonna keep the land in the family, but it will never foreclose,” Jeffrey said.

He said the family still wants to sell the 32 acres, even if it's a parcel at a time.

“We desired to sell all the acreage,” Jeffrey said. “We are not opposed to piecing it out.”

Jeffrey said multiple parties are interested in the property, but there is no formal agreement with any of them. He did indicate Carter, the Atlanta-based company that proposed the most-recent development for the site, is no longer a consideration.

Carter, partnering with the Elkington Real Estate Group of Memphis, announced its intentions for a mixed-use development on the site in March 2017, and they received initial approval for the concept the following month. Plans included office, retail, hotel and apartments. There even was consideration of buying a handful of houses on the east side of Miller Farms south of Poplar.

However, in May 2017, Scott Taylor of the Atlanta-based company asked the city to set aside the application as they worked on massaging the details and appeasing nearby property owners.

While there were some discussions about the development, it never returned for city review.

"(Carter) didn’t want to pursue it,” Jeffrey said, later adding that other “folks are interested.”

Lawton said “there is no development” planned at this time.

“The city hasn’t seen anything in over a year,” he said.


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Abigail Warren

Abigail Warren

Abigail Warren is a lifelong resident of Shelby County and a May 2018 graduate of the University of Memphis.  She has worked for several local publications and has covered Germantown since May 2018.

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