There is one area in Clayton which has basically been abandoned for 12 years. It is at the intersection of Clayton Road and Hanley, the site of an old Schnucks which closed in 2003. Living here, we've heard discussions about this site for years with people wondering just why a busy spot would not be attractive to someone to open something. And, also, how ugly this deserted Schnuck's building looks.
Well, now, there is a fairly good chance something will be coming to this area. A development company based in suburban Nashville, Tenn., hopes to start construction next year on an office, retail and apartment complex. But here's the part which boggles my mind. This is a 3.3 acre property on which the developer plans to construct:
a 43,000-square-foot grocery, restaurant and retail development, 42,000 square feet of office space and — at the site’s eastern end — a 15-story tower of 247 apartments and garage parking. Including a separate mid-rise building of apartments, the project would have 291 residential units.
It's hard to imagine how all this will fit together and aside from the garage parking for the 247 apartments, will there be room for grocery store, restaurant and office parking? It seems to be a trend for micro groceries to be created under condos or apartments, but will there be enough business from residents to sustain them?
I'll be interested in seeing if this comes to fruition.