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Weigel’s a ‘go’

The curtain opened on what may be the final act in the Smith Road Weigel’s Farm Store saga during the Farragut Municipal Planning Commission meeting Aug. 31.

Commissioners, Weigel’s president Ken McMullen and the often-vocal residents of Sugar-wood subdivision all gave their blessing to the plan.

The plan, designed by Kim Ramsey, Cannon and Cannon engineer, eliminates the curb cut and easement, which were slated to form an intersection directly across from the entrance to Sugarwood. The plan calls for a right in, right out on Kingston Pike and full access off Smith Road, but the driveway would not have to line up with Walgreen’s driveway.

“I was asked to come up with a solution and that’s what I sought out to do,” Ramsey told Commissioners. “I believe this plan addresses the concerns that have been mentioned.”

Dave Freeman, Sugarwood Homeowners Association president, told Commissioners the neighborhood supports the


“This plan provides the highest level of safety for our residents,” he said. “This plan is even safer than the one proposed by the town engineer. The [Sugarwood] board believes this is the best solution.”

Freeman went on the tell Commissioners FMPC should devise a plan for property on the north side of Kingston Pike so there is never again a proposed intersection directly across from Sugarwood. The nearest curb cut, he said, should be a few hundred yards farther west off Kingston Pike.

Sugarwood resident Randal Roberts addressed Commission-ers about this agreement being a compromise so Weigel’s could continue with alternate deals.

“We’re concerned there may be other deals in the making,” he said.

Commission chairman Robert “Bob” Hill was quick to stop Roberts.

“That’s all innuendo Mister Roberts,” Hill said. “All we have on the table is what’s before us right now.”

McMullen, after the meeting, said he was happy with the arrangement.

“We’re happy we can finally proceed,” he said. “We’ll be building A-S-A-P.”

The matter will go to Farragut’s Board of Mayor and Aldermen for final approval.

In other business, commissioners opted to disregard a staff recommendation for some type of barrier for outdoor seating at Seasons Café in Renaissance development.

Farragut Community Develop-ment director Ruth Hawk told Commissioners town attorney Tom Hale stated that it was his opinion FMPC could require an outdoor barrier for a restaurant selling alcoholic beverages, even though there might not be legal precedent for the matter.

Renaissance developer Noah Myers, speaking for Seasons Café managing partner Deron Little, said the fence has raised “some concerns.”

“Seasons Café is a different type of animal,” he said. “We’re not a ‘happy hour’ kind of place and we’re not worried about people skipping out on the bill.”

Myers said his vision for the restaurant includes outdoor demonstrations and a barrier of any type would hinder that ability. He said county and state officials said there is no precedent for a fence being required.

In unrelated matters, Commissioners:

• approved a site plan for construction of a walking trail in Fox Run subdivision.

• approved a site plan for Wild Wing Café.


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