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Weigel’s to propose plat changes

The Farragut Municipal Planning Commission will again face the issue of replacing the Weigel’s Farm Store at Smith Road and Kingston Pike during its Aug. 31 meeting.

Weigel’s president Ken McMullen said the company has been listening to the concerns of the Sugarwood residents and is bringing a different design to the table.

“This is similar to our previous design,” McMullen said. “We’ve just taken out the easement and the entrance across from Sugarwood.”

The design still has a right in, right out entrance on Kingston Pike and a full entrance on Smith Road.

“We think the majority of the homeowners want a new store,” McMullen said. “We want to get rid of the old store and be there for the community.”

Whether the plan will meet with town staff approval, however, remains to be seen.

Farragut Community Development director Ruth Hawk said the town ordinance requires a business entrance on Kingston Pike be at least 400 feet from an intersection. The proposed right in, right out doesn’t meet that requirement.

She also has stated plans should illustrate the store’s proposed entrance on the Smith Road side of the facility to be about 100 feet from the intersection of Kingston Pike, which doesn’t meet the town’s requirement of a distance of 200 feet on a collector road.

The matter seemed to have reached a consensus during the June 1 FMPC meeting. During that meeting, after more than two hours of comments from Weigel’s attorney Robert “Bob” Leonard and Sugarwood residents, Mayor W. Edward “Eddy” Ford III offered a solution that he said “might not make both sides happy,” but would be a fair compromise.

Weigel’s original proposal included an entrance and exit on Smith Road about 100 feet from the intersection with Kingston Pike. The entrances on Kingston Pike included a right in, right out entrance 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


“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.

McMullen told the FMPC at that time he would accept their decision, but that he would have to take their suggestion back to other company officials to look at the matter before committing to it.


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