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Paradise Shoppes of Murfreesboro

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I really know very little about this new retail development. It's located at the intersection of Medical Center Parkway and Memorial Blvd. This project began months ago at least, but is not much further along than the land clearing phase. They have laid down streets, they have installed walls separating the site from what appear to be drainage areas, and have installed entrance architecture on the Memorial side with the words "The Village" on each brick sign/gate. That leaves me with some confusion about what the final name of the development is going to be. There is an Office Depot that appears relatively young already on site. It appears as though it was orignially unrelated, but the roads within the new development area also lead to the entrance to Office Depot.

I visited the Web site of the company that is going to be constructing this project, The Paradise Group, and was very impressed by the aesthetics of the other retail work they've done in the past. I didn't see any sign of information about their Murfreesboro project unfortunately.

At any rate, my house is within pretty easy walking distance of this development, so this evening I walked down with my camera to take some snapshots:

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Please feel free to post any information you have about this development, and we can add updates as more information becomes available. Thanks!

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That's across from the Nissan dealership. I was driving past there on Saturday and wondering what they were devloping. Sorry I don't know anymore about it.

Is the Nissan dealership a converted strip mall, because that's exactly what it looks like. They could use a renovation. I'm no Chevy fan, but the new Team Chevroletis a big improvment over the old. Now if they could just do something about all those electric poles!!!

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^ Yes it is. And I agree, they need to come into codes for Nissan Franchises across the country. As does the one in downtown Nashville.

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This center had originally announced some type of clothing/junior department store, which they never named. They also planned on having one of the Wal-Mart grocery stores before Wal-Mart announced their failed plans to build a full store further up Memorial. I think a bank actually bought a plot on the site to build a branch as well. Also, the office store was built as part of the center.

The Nissan dealership was once a Clark's department store which was a Wal-Mart/K-Mart type store. In the 70's Murfreesboro had Clarks, K-Mart, Rose's, and the neighboring Murfreesboro Athletic Club was called Big K(which was bought by Wal-Mart in the late 70's or early 80's).

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^ Thanks for all the info, MurfRez, and for setting me straight on the Office Depot. I'll be interested to see anything happen with this project as it's been nearly dormant for so long now.

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This land is still vacant and it's almost spring. Does anyone know what's going to go on it?

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Construction has began on a two story Regions Bank in this parcel. Haven't seen much action, but this will be a start to filling this odd vacant land near downtown.

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Thanks so much for this information, Justiceham! I was wondering what was going in there.

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this has to be the slowest moving development i've ever seen! it looks exactly as it did when i moved out of the 'boro in '04. i'm just guessing but i bet they leveled the land in '02/'01. seriously, prime real estate next to the heart of downtown M'boro?! i guess if you can walk there it's not worth going. right?

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I envisioned a mixed use development including a low to mid rise bank (10-15 stories), a grocery store (Whole Foods), a clothing store (Stein Mart), a few boutique shops, and no big box parking lots. It would be a tight squeeze for just those development but that parcel is a prime location. I am glad the Walmart Grocery Store was cancelled for the site.

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Region's Bank has been completed, hopefully it will spark something else for this out of place empty space.

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Are there any updates on this project, or will it sit vacant for another ten years?

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Sad to see the lack of vision and movement on this project. It could have been a model for brownfield redevelopment, but instead it's looking like more of the same crap Murfreesboro gets. Why is the city so against mixed-use and density, especially with dynamic, readily developable sites like this one?

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Burger King and Gotty's Pizza are coming sson to the site. Not exactly what I had hoped for, but it's needed infill.

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Burger King opened yesterday and three more are planned for Murfreesboro. Contruction should begin soon on the one on South Church street. I don't yet know where the other two will be but I am going to assume one will be on highway 96 and the other on Rutherford Blvd.

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Burger King opened yesterday and three more are planned for Murfreesboro. Contruction should begin soon on the one on South Church street. I don't yet know where the other two will be but I am going to assume one will be on highway 96 and the other on Rutherford Blvd.

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Strong Body, Fast Signs, and a nail salon have opened in the "Village." It looks like Gatti's Pizza has been canceled. It's really too bad that a better development couldn't have filled this space. This location was prime being very close to downtown and on the most heavily traveled corridor in the city.

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