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Weigel’s to appear at FBMA July 13

The issue of building a Weigel’s Farm Store at the intersection of Smith Road and Kingston Pike could go before the Farragut Board of Mayor and Aldermen at the July 13 meeting.

Town officials say they don’t have anything set on the agenda yet, but attorney Robert “Bob” Leonard, who represents Weigel’s, said the company plans to go forward and appear before the FBMA.

“I’m not telling you that Weigel’s is going to build,” Leonard said. “It’s not a done deal that Weigel’s is going to build. We have to consider what the effects are, but we also have to go forward with the process.”

He said the company plans to go forward and assess the FBMA vote on the issue before deciding and finalizing plans.

The plan expected to be looked at by the FBMA is a compromise proposed by Farragut Mayor W. Edward “Eddy” Ford III at the June 1 meeting of the Farragut Municipal Planning Commission.

Weigel’s proposed development had included a portal on Smith Road about 100 feet from the intersection at Kingston Pike. The accesses on Kingston Pike included a “right in, right out” portal and a full entrance and exit directly across from the Sugarwood subdivision.

Ford proposed changing the entrance and exit across from Sugarwood into a left in, right out access point and eliminating the right-out access point closer to the Smith Road intersection.

“We will have the stipulation in there that when the property to the west of Weigel’s is developed, we’ll go back and take a look at the access then,” Ford said at that meeting.

The FMPC unanimously approved the plan.

While Weigel’s adopts a “wait-and-see posture,” some Sugar-wood residents said they plan to continue to express safety concerns in this matter.

“We have a concern with safety,” Dave Freeman, president of the Sugarwood Homeowners Association, said. “We’ve been told we can’t have a light. We don’t necessarily understand that.”

Sugarwood resident Randal Roberts said the Sugarwood Homeowners Association hasn’t really taken a leadership role on the issue. He said the SHA board is trying to appear to take an official role on the Weigel’s matter due to an upcoming covenant vote concerning member dues.

Freeman said his opinions expressed on the matter are those of him as an individual, although adding he doesn’t think the board is taking a “hands-off’ stance on the matter.

“I don’t think so,” he said. “Ed Whiting [SHA vice president] has been at every meeting they’ve had. We’ve had two surveys and two meeting, one of which the Weigel’s representatives were in attendance. That’s hardly hands off. On the other hand, we’ve got two hundred and sixty-three members and we felt it important to urge members who feel strongly about the matter to attend the meetings. I would say that my answers are what I consider to be a consensus of the board.”

About 40 Sugarwood residents attended a “Town Meeting” format gathering at St. Elizabeth’s Episcopal Church Aug. 29, 2005.


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