Arlington work session focuses on land south of I-40

By , Special to The Daily Memphian Updated: June 10, 2024 4:00 AM CT | Published: June 10, 2024 4:00 AM CT

With infrastructure extension on the horizon opening the development of Arlington south of Interstate 40, officials want to make sure plans for the area are in keeping with the town’s desired character.

That means making sure the 1,800 acres doesn’t become a distribution hub with industrial as the theme, instead becoming a welcoming doorstep to the northeast Shelby County town.

On Thursday, June 6, the Board of Mayor and Aldermen and Planning Commission held a special work session centered on development of the area, a spread of undeveloped land with vast potential.

State Rep. Kevin Vaughan, R-Collierville, acting as owner and founder of Township Development Services, spoke on behalf of Normandy Road Ventures, which includes members of the Fogelman family.

Vaughan explained that Robert Fogelman, who passed away in 2022, began acquiring parcels in Arlington in the 1950s. 

In March, the Planning Commission deferred a decision on a general development plan for a new retail and industrial park on 287 acres, which would represent the first phase of the Donelson Farms mixed-use project approved all the way back in 1998.

Since the Donelson Farms mixed-use plan was approved — with no expiration date — the Fogelman family has acquired additional parcels, including 145 acres within the past two years that are now part of the proposed industrial park.


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Michael Waddell

Michael Waddell is a native Memphian with more than 20 years of professional writing and editorial experience, working most recently with The Daily News and High Ground News.


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