Morristown developer Phillip Carlyle, the unrivaled residential builder in Hamblen and surrounding counties in recent years, wants to take local homebuilding to a much higher level than anything that’s been done before, and this time he’s willing to bring other contractors along with him.

Carlyle envisions a mega-subdivision consisting of 500 to 800 single-family homes, multi-family residences and townhouses or condominiums, and would include a retirement-community component.

The development would include walking and biking trails, a clubhouse and fitness center, a large pool, a playground, possibly tennis and basketball courts, and certainly a convenience store that would include common hardware items; restaurants would start the day as breakfast hubs and then transition to nighttime establishments when evening arrives, according to Carlyle.

Carlyle says he’s confident Morristown has the home-construction expertise and capacity to build the massive development without relying on builders from outside the area to capitalize on Morristown’s anticipated growth and siphon profits outside the area.

He says the mega-subdivision could be timed to coincide with the opening of Van Hool, a Belgian bus manufacturer coming to Morristown, and could accommodate those workers in jobs that Van Hool could bring to this area.

“With the growth that’s coming, we want to make a bold move and try to kick off something big,” Carlyle said Friday afternoon. “If we could find the correct piece of land, we would move with land acquisition and get started.”

The land, which must have access to Morristown utilities, is the sticking point. Building an 800-residence subdivision – taking into account different types of homes would be built at varying densities – would require about 100 acres, according to Carlyle.

The developer says he’s looked at properties in and adjacent to Morristown, and is convinced that building a development of this size would require combining adjacent tracts of land. In the past three-and-a-half years, Carlyle Construction has built approximately 350 residences in this area.

Carlyle says if he could find suitable land, he would bring his father, Tim Carlyle, out of semi-retirement and put him to work. Carlyle says if other local contractors joined in the effort, the entire subdivision could be built out in as little as five years.

Another large Carlyle Construction project, the 172-lot lakefront development, Bridgewater Pointe, has already sold 11 lots, and the marketing effort has yet to begin, according to Carlyle.