Livestock Market area to become subdivision; City votes to annex land

The Coffee County Livestock Market, owned by a limited partnership of the same name, is expected to be torn down and developed into a subdivision.

The plan for the Coffee County Livestock Market to turn into a residential area for a subdivision has moved forward.

The Manchester Board of Mayor and Aldermen voted July 7 to annex about 7 acres of property in the county owned by Coffee County Livestock Market, LP located on South Spring Street, and adjacent to other property owned by Livestock Market that is within the Manchester city limits.

The property is expected to be developed into a subdivision with single-family homes.

The Manchester City Planning Commission recommended on May 18 reclassifying the land from commercial (C-4) to high density residential (R-4). 

According to documents from the Register of Deeds Office, the deed transferred to Coffee County Livestock Market, LP in Aug. 29, 2001. But he livestock market has offered a chance to local farmers to buy and sell their farm animals for at least four decades.

“There are plans to use this parcel of land for residential development and it will need to be serviced by the City of Manchester. According to the Plans of Service, the City of Manchester will be able to serve this area with only a possible zoning change by the City School System,” the minutes for the May 19 Planning Commission’s meeting state.

According to Jamie Sain, codes and safety director of Manchester City, the portion being annexed is about 6.58 acres, but the total land – city and county – is 11.74 acres.

“We have not received the preliminary plans for the area,” Sain said.

At this point, it’s not clear how many homes will be built in the area.

“I will not know this until preliminary plans are submitted,” Sain said. “The R-4 zoning allows a minimum of 5,000 sq. ft. lots, so it all depends on road, utility, and lot layouts as to how many homes will be built there.”

If the rezoning passes during the August meeting of the Board of Mayor and Aldermen, the preliminary plat and construction plans will have to be submitted and reviewed by the Planning Commission before site work can begin, said Sain.

“I would say it will be at least a few months until the project is started,” he said.