The Bend at Germantown is an effort by over 200 business and real estate owners to rebrand that portion of Winchester Road east of Riverdale Road, including Riverdale Road between Malco Crossing and Hwy 385. Encompassing approximately 260 acres with over 1.8 million sq ft of improvements, the total assessor's appraised value is $107.2 million and the total assessment is $42.9 million (2013 Appraisal and Assessment).
Currently referred to as a portion of Hickory Hill, the area is struggling to remain a vibrant trade area and overcome decades of a bad reputation. This reputation will be overcome by embracing a new name, a new attitude and new technologies.
Featured changes and additions under consideration include a strong Merchants and Owners Association, better aligned business hours, improved lighting, survailance cameras, increased city and private security, consumer advocacy, The Bend at Germantown website, web hotspots, and coordinated events.
The Bend at Germantown is considering a multipurpose redevelopment of the vacant KMart property which includes 185,000 sq ft of space on 18.4 acres. This project would be known as The Center at The Bend and would act as a destination location for the area. This repurposing might include permanent and temporary displays, exhibits, activities, opportunites, events, technologies, educational and public spaces.
The Park at The Bend is proposed as part of a pedestrian and bicycle connector along the Nonconnah Creek from the rapidly expanding areas of southeast Memphis to McKeller Lake, T.O. Fuller State Park and the Misissippi River.
The blue outline (see image, above) represents a portion of the proposed park. The outlined portion contains approximately 109 acres. Nearly 1.4 miles long and over 650 feet wide, the park spans Nonconnah Creek between Quince Rd and Hwy 385 beginning at Knight Arnold Rd and extending beneath Hwy 385 ending at the rear of the Walmart Supercenter on Winchester Rd. It is believed that 100% of the land is currently owned by either the City of Memphis, Shelby County or the State of Tennessee.
The Park at The Bend is proposed as a model, joint development effort between the City of Memphis and the businesses and property owners within the The Bend at Germantown.
For more information on the proposed park visit Mid-South Regional Greenprint or view the Concept Map. (The PDF map file is very large and very, very slow to load. The map will open in a new page.) The Nonconnah Corridor is Proposed Trail Corridor #18. The objective of The Bend at Germantown is not to create a new project, but to accelerate the proposed timeline for its completion or partial completion.
For information on how you can be involved contact:
(901) 317-7366 or (760) 805-5283 Cell