Southern Land eyes early summer groundbreaking for Green Hills project

Development company focuses on 16-story tower after scrapping 22-story plan

Southern Land Co. remains on track for a late-spring or early-summer groundbreaking on its 16-story mixed-use project in Green Hills, according to company Vice President Michael McNally.

The company last week withdrew with the Metro Planning Department plans for a 22-story building, creating what McNally said may have been some confusion.

“We are not scrapping the 16-story plan,” McNally told the Post. “We are working on designing the 16-story mixed-use project and hope to submit that site plan for approval in the next four to six weeks.

“As we announced in November, because of the opposition to the 22-story plan, we met with Green Hills community members many times,” he added. “We stopped and listened to community concerns and then reduced the design of the building to 16 stories. The [recent] withdrawal of the 22-story plan was a formality.”

Some Green Hills residents and businesses, concerned about the 22-story height, spurred the Green Hills Neighborhood Association to file a lawsuit last November against the Metro Planning Department. The suit has since been dismissed.

If Metro Planning approves the soon-to-be submitted site plan, Southern Land can then design the building in more detail, McNally said.

Southern Land is still working on plans to make improvements to the T-intersection of Hillsboro and Richard Jones roads, on which the southeast corner he project will sit. The company is working with the Tennessee Department of Transportation and the Metro Public Works Department on that effort.

(The below image shows the building at 22 stories.)