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‘Noise’ a concern Thornton Heights residents tell FMPC

The issue of noise from a proposed senior citizen apartment complex at the corner of Kingston Pike and Thornton Drive was a chief concern of Thornton Heights residents during the meeting of the Farragut Municipal Planning Commission Thursday, Dec. 21.

“I’m concerned about noise and protection of my property,” Thornton Heights resident Carol Littlejohn told commissioners.

Community development director Ruth Hawk said there would be a buffer strip between the elderly housing apartments and neighboring property.

Dan Brewer, an architect with Brewer, Ingram, Fuller Architect Inc., said the buffer would consist of shrubs, small trees and canopy trees.

Littlejohn wanted to know when the project would start and when would it end.

Brewer said the project would probably begin in February and last throughout the year. The facility is not an assisted living center, he said, but has all the features of an assisted living center.

Becky Hill, another neighborhood resident asked the FMPC how far back does the property go and would it join the property on Roane Drive.

Commissioners said yes, it backs up to property off Roane Drive. The facility would have one main access off of Kingston Pike.

“This is a surprise to some of the residents of Thornton Drive and probably the folks on Roane Drive too,” she said.

Commissioner Robert “Bob” Hill pointed out to Becky Hill the meetings discussing the matter had been publicized in farragutpress and done in the public eye.

In other business, Commis-sioners approved plans for a replacement bridge on the western end of Turkey Creek Road at Virtue Road.

Town engineer Darryl Smith told Commissioners the plans would replace the current 17-foot wide structure with one that would accommodate two 12-foot lanes with curb and gutter, sidewalk and parapet walls.

“We’ll also be improving the approaches to it,” Smith said.

Hill asked if the road would be closed for a while.

“Yes,” was Smith’s reply.

Smith, in another matter, told Commissioners the status of sidewalk plans for the south side of Old Stage Road from Lawton Boulevard to the Wentworth walking trail.

Smith said his next step in the process is to begin approaching residents in order to obtain the necessary construction easements. He added that letters were sent out and phone calls would be made.


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