Picking up the spare: Melrose Lanes may get new life

Developer plans large apartment project

The long-dormant Melrose Shopping Center – home of the late, beloved Melrose Lanes – may get a brand new look as the home of nearly 200 apartments.

Parkes Development and Fulcher Investment Properties have submitted plans to the Berry Hill Planning Commission for a three-building development totaling 200,805 square feet, including 10,780 square feet of retail space and nearly 8,000 square feet of restaurant space on the Franklin Pike property.

The basement-level Melrose Billiards will remain untouched. Plans call for two of the buildings to be attached to the current structure, with an entirely new structure built behind the center. Apartments will range from studios to two-bedroom, two-bathroom units.

The property failed to meet the reserve price at a 2009 auction. Earlier redevelopment plans were scuttled by an Internal Revenue Service lien levied against the land.

The Parkes-Fulcher partnership has the land under contract. The Berry Hill Planning Commission will consider early-stage variances at its Feb. 7 meeting.