Phase II of Renaissance at Colony Park consists of a horsehoe design with a fountain as the centerpiece. The phase will include new retail shops, restaurants, and a boutique movie theatre.
Phase II of Renaissance at Colony Park consists of a horsehoe design with a fountain as the centerpiece. The phase will include new retail shops, restaurants, and a boutique movie theatre.
A boutique movie theatre with reclining leather chairs where dinner and alcohol can be served is part of the second phase of Renaissance at Colony Park approved this week. Aldermen unanimously approved plans for Tuesday night that include the addition of six buildings encompassing over 115,000 square feet of commercial space.

The expansion of Renaissance, which celebrated its 10-year anniversary over the weekend, is located north of the existing shopping center toward the Butler-Snow and C Spire buildings.

A third phase of Renaissance will be built south of the Natchez Trace Parkway on Highland Colony Parkway, with Costco as the anchor retailer.

On Tuesday, the site plan, architectural review and a parking variance were all placed on the consent agenda and approved 6-0. Ward 4 Alderman Brian Ramsey was absent.

Aldermen discussed the project in-depth Monday night during a work session.

It will include new retail businesses, restaurants and a boutique movie theatre with reclining chairs that serves food and alcohol. The theatre will be a Malco-brand facility.

Ward 1 Alderman Ken Heard asked if there was enough room for food preparation in the current drawing of the proposed boutique theatre.

Alan Grant, architect with Dean and Dean, presented the plans to the board and said the theatre would not be a full-service restaurant and would have a limited service menu.

“This will be a theatre that serves drinks and food to patrons in reclining seats,” … said. “It’s a model that has become very popular. We think there is plenty of room for the type of food they will be preparing, but it is also important to point out that this is not a final drawing of the building and is just to represent the footprint of the structure.”

Alderman-at-Large D.I. Smith asked when the project would be started and was told plans are to mobilize on April 1 and begin construction by May.

Tenants could come as early as Fall 2019, though that would depend on individual tenant needs and buildout requirements.

Aldermen also approved a parking variance for Renaissance that would call for 635 less spaces required by the current city ordinance.

Community Development Director Alan Hart said the city used a higher requirement than the industry standard.