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Gander Mountain takes a ‘gander’ at Parkside Drive

The Farragut Municipal Planning Commission heard plans during its regular Thursday meeting that could bring the nations second largest sports and outdoor retailer to Farragut.

The Commission discussed plans for Gander Mountain, a Minnesota-based outdoor chain with more than 98 stores across the country.

The store is being brought to Knoxville by KTJ Limited Partnership One Hundred Thirty-One, a joint venture that includes Farragut Land Partners.

Jim Nixon, one of the owners of Farragut Land Partners, said he couldn’t say anything about the deal due to contractual obligations with Gander Mountain company officials.

His attorney, Farragut resident and former mayor Robert “Bob” Leonard, said the new store would be about 66,000 square feet. It is slated to be built along Parkside Drive between Parkside Station and the Colonial Pinnacle project.

Gander Mountain officials said they chose Farragut for its location close to the Great Smoky Mountains and to offer area residents a choice over its competitor, Bass Pro Shops in Kodak.

Bass Pro Shops is approximately 140,000 square feet of space, according to store management.

In other business, the Commission approved an amendment to the Farragut Zoning Ordinance for the creation of a PCD Planned Commercial Development District at the request of Blanchard and Calhoun Commercial Development, the developers of the Kroger project on Kingston Pike and the Campbell Station Road extension.

Glenn Coyne, a planner from Atlanta, made a presentation to the FMPC on behalf of Blanchard and Calhoun in February. Coyne spoke on the advantages of the planned commercial development.

Commission members and Coyne spent about an hour voicing concerns about certain language in the PCD amendment before approving it.

In an unrelated matter, the Commission heard plans for future development by representatives for the Click Funeral Home, 11915 Kingston Pike. The company plans to create a professional office park with four new buildings adjacent to its property.

In other business, the Commission:

• Approved the preliminary plat for the Outlet Drive extension and to allow grading at the entire site at the request of the Furrow Family Partnership.

• Approved a site plan for the Y-12 Federal Credit Union, to be located at 13128 Kingston Pike at the Knox County/ Loudon County line.

• Approved an amendment to the Farragut Zoning Ordinance to amend the parking requirements for skating rinks and establish parking requirements for indoor soccer and inline hockey fields at the request of the Icearium.

• Denied an amendment to the preliminary plat for Inverness Unit 6 in order to fill and grade sinkholes at the request of JMP Development Company.


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