July 14, 2008

Group Files Latest Plan for Dancy — Development Could Be Biggest in Horn Lake

By William C Bayne

Dancy Landing, a proposed planned unit development covering more than 310 acres, was filed Friday as the largest single residential community in Horn Lake's history.

The filing, if approved, would provide the final coffin nail for a grandiose proposal that once envisioned the Dancy property as part of a $2 billion golf and entertainment resort, most recently known as the Stars Resort.

That old planned unit development covered more than 800 acres and was keyed to the old Circle G Ranch once owned by Elvis Presley.

The Dancy Landing property is east of Miss. 301, adjacent to the Circle G Ranch property on the east, between Goodman Road on the north and Nail Road on the south.

The Dancy Landing proposal, submitted by the Memphis planning firm of Dalhoff Thomas Daws Friday, asks that the old Stars Resort PUD zoning for the property be kept.

"What they're asking is that we merely amend the original PUD zoning," said Horn Lake Planning Director Anita Rainey.

The proposal calls for 718 residential units: 37 standard lots; 194 medium lots; 75 small lots; 224 patio homes; 56 active adult living units; 94 townhomes, and 38 loft units to be built above the retail.

Houses on the larger lots would have a minimum heated area of 2,000 square feet and the patio homes would have minimums of 1,400 square feet.

"This plan manages to keep the 47-acre lake on the property and it calls for walking trails throughout the development," Rainey said.

The plan also calls for more than 190,000 square feet of retail space and about 8,000 square feet of office space.

"We have some work to do," Rainey said. "I don't plan to schedule hearings on this proposal until August or September."

The planning documents submitted Friday indicate that a phase construction plan will be submitted at the time that final approval is granted.

Rainey said she would "strongly recommend" the appointment of an architectural review board to help guide the development and to ensure architectural compatibility within the overall development.

"This is a super proposal," she said. "They've been working on it for about two years. It's going to be a high-quality development, a development the Dancy family will be able to take great pride in."

The architectural motif suggested for the development is reminiscent of many of the cottages and bungalows of Midtown Memphis.

"I love that style and the sense of community that Midtown has," Rainey said. "I would hope that whatever architectural style the owners adopt, that they would ensure that that is carried throughout the development."

The owners of the 310.75-acre tract are the Hugh Dancy Trust and the Hugh Dancy Co.

Hugh Dancy was Horn Lake's foremost developer and benefactor.

He was killed in an accident at his home March 20, 1998.

He and his family have donated more than 358 acres of land to the city over the years.

- William C. Bayne: (662) 996-1408

Originally published by William C. Bayne [email protected] .

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