Car gallery, baseball training facility to move on Eastley

Two dissimilar businesses are set to open up shop in a large building just east of the town's Historic Square.

Art & Speed, a classic car gallery, and Big League Wildcats, a baseball training facility, are set to move from their current locations and reopen at 141 Eastley Street.

The town's Planning Commission unanimously approved two conditional use permits at the Aug. 1 regularly scheduled meeting.

The 125,000-square-foot building is owned by Nera Investments and was built in 1967.

Art & Speed will occupy 48,000 square feet, while Big League, a baseball and fast-pitch softball training facility, will take up another 25,000 square feet.

There are currently 55 parking spaces to accommodate the facility. That will be grown to 185 spaces.

There will be 100 indoor inventory storage spaces for Art & Speed.

Big League Wildcats "works with individuals and teams to promote the development of athletes by teaching sound techniques and fundamentals."

Art & Speed owner Kevin Caffman said he wishes to move the business from its current location at 89 Eastley in order to "increase visibility."

"We're drawing people into Collierville from all over the world," he said.

In related news:

• A 44-lot residential subdivision extension has been approved near the Baptist Memorial Hospital-Collierville on Poplar Ave.

The town's Planning Commission unanimously approved the Porter Farms phase 7 final subdivision plat and a future development tract on the east side of Shea Road between Poplar and Winchester Road.

The minimum lot size is nearly 7,000 square feet. Porches are allowed to encroach into front yard setbacks up to 6 feet but can't encroach into the required streetscape or utility easements. The 44 single-family lots will generate 421 daily vehicle trips. The subdivision will also contain 132,186 square feet of common open space at the entrance and along the street frontage to act as a buffer to Shea Road and "provide an upscale amenity to the development."

Storm water will be directed to a wet detention basin adjacent to Shea Road.

The future development tract will be located north of the subdivision and will become a "mix of commercial uses."

The existing trees along the perimeter will not be cleared.