Palazzolo promises Germantown Country Club site will remain single-family residential

By Published: January 07, 2019 11:46 PM CT Breaking news

Germantown Mayor Mike Palazzolo stemmed concerns for the potential uses of the Germantown Country Club property on Friday saying he would not support rezoning of the 180-acre site from its current residential zoning.

Despite its current use, the entire Germantown Country Club property is zoned single-family residential, designated for lots with a minimum 15,000 square feet, city officials confirmed Friday.

And the mayor said he wanted to put any concerns to rest.

Palazzolo, in a letter on the city’s website, said he was “saddened to learn” of the club’s closing at the end of February. He said city officials have contacted the owners to learn about the plans “and to ensure that any ownership change occurs with the expectations to comply with the property’s current residential zoning.”

“I can state unequivocally that, as your Mayor, I will not support a proposal to rezone or develop this land for multi-family housing, nor will I support Smart Growth zoning for the area,” Palazzolo wrote. “If the property does not remain as a country club, any changes will occur with regard for the interest of the adjoining property owners.”

The sudden interest in zoning and what could be built on the site arose Thursday when the trust that owns the golf course announced the closing in February. Suddenly, one of the biggest parcels in the landlocked suburb was available for development.

The golf course/country club has occupied the 180 acres between Farmington and Wolf River Boulevard east of Kimbrough for almost 50 years. But after the longtime owners Ken and Mary Anderson died (first Ken, then Mary), the country club ownership reverted to the Mary C. Anderson Revocable Living Trust.

“This has been a very difficult time as we explored all possible options to keep the club open,” the Anderson family said in Friday’s letter informing members of the decision. “However, based on the fiduciary responsibility of the Trustee, the club must be closed.”

While there are rumors of interest in the property, Germantown officials said they have not received any application for development of the property or even inquiries about allowed uses.

Germantown has annexed all of the land that was designated for its expansion, making the sudden availability of 180 acres for potential development attractive.

The golf course site is among a trio of significant large tracts that could be subdivided. Wildwood Farms on the west side of South Germantown Road between Stout and Germantown’s southern border measures 340 acres, while the Fulmer property east of Riverdale primarily between Neshoba and Wolf River Boulevard comprises 190 acres.

There has not been any indication the owners of either of those properties or the 34-acre Hugh Frank Smith Horse and Pony Farm on Poplar Pike have any intention of developing those properties.


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Clay Bailey

Clay Bailey

Clay Bailey, a lifelong Memphian, has worked as a reporter in the city almost four decades. He concentrated on suburban coverage. He also is a freelance sportswriter for the Associated Press.

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