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FBMA approves Weigel’s variances

The Farragut Board of Mayor and Aldermen closed the final chapter in a more than two-year deal to get plans approved for a new Weigel’s Farm Store at the corner of Kingston Pike and Smith Road Thursday, Sept. 14.

The Board unanimously approved variances for a “right in, right out” access via Kingston Pike. Members split approval on variances for Smith Road.

On the vote for a 120-foot variance from the minimum 200-foot distance north off Smith Road, Alderman Tom Rosseel voted against the measure while the mayor and three other aldermen approved.

Rosseel and Alderman Dorothy “Dot” LaMarche voted against a 99-foot variance south from the proposed Weigel’s access from the Kingston Pike intersection. The motion passed 3-2.

LaMarche said she voted against the variance because, while she was in favor of a new store, she felt the safest entrance would have been across from Walgreens.

Prior to a vote on the matter, Rosseel expressed concern about a full access entrance off Smith Road.

“I applaud Weigel’s for making the suggestions about the entrance and exit on Kingston Pike,” he said. “However, I have a problem with what you are proposing on Smith Road.”

Rosseel suggested Weigel’s consider purchasing the Shipley property just behind the store in order to create a full access and easement across from the Walgreens entrance. He said there could be a right out only access at the location Weigel’s is currently suggesting as full access.

Weigel’s attorney Bob Leonard there is no way the store could use full access across from Walgreens. At a previous meeting, an engineer explained trucks would get stuck and unable to enter and leave at that location due to the grade of the road.

Rosseel said the right-out location could be used for the tanker trucks to leave the store.

“We can’t accept your suggestions and urge the board to approve the matter,” Leonard said.

Sugarwood residents expressed divided opinions on the matter.

Dave Freeman, representing the Sugarwood Homeowners Association, said the board believes the current plan is the safest option for Sugarwood residents and it endorses the plan.

Sugarwood resident Randal Roberts, however, disagreed with Freeman.

“Unlike what has been reported in farragutpress, not all residents of Sugarwood approve of the plan,” he said. “Sugarwood residents are concerned about the future development of the property.”

In other business, the town issued a proclamation in honor on National Constitution Week, which runs Sept. 17-23. Members of local and state chapters of Daughters of the American Revolution were on hand for the presentation.


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