The University submitted a formal request to the Franklin County Planning Commission in the Spring of 2005 asking the county to establish a new zoning district in Sewanee. The new district would consist of approximately 60 acres and would enable the University to maximize the potential uses of a centrally located portion of the Domain. This new zoning district in the downtown Sewanee area would allow for a higher density mixed use, residential and commercial environment. The request was approved in June of 2005.
The University hired Polis Studio of Chattanooga to assist the University in creating a conceptual master plan for the downtown Sewanee area. Part of that plan includes the area behind Regions Bank known as “Parson’s Green.” Parson’s Green was originally the concept of Rev. Jack Carter who envisioned this small site as a viable alternative to existing residential housing in Sewanee.
Parson’s Green is a housing development that included a mix of single-family cottages and townhouses for faculty, staff, and community members. Homes in Parson's Green are for primary residences only.
Installation of the infrastructure began in April 2006. Construction of the first four homes began in September 2006.