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Parkside Penney plan presented


Farragut’s proposed J.C. Penney department store along Parkside Drive appears ready to open its doors in a little more than one year.

“I think they intend to open this in the fall of ’08,” said Jim Nixon of Turkey Creek Land Partners, LLC, during a site plan hearing with Farragut Municipal Planning Commission during its monthly meeting, Thursday, Aug. 16, in Town Hall.

The 104,715-square-feet store would feature a “full line of Penney’s products there,” Nixon said. “We’re going to prepare the ground for them, and they’re going to build this building.”

Also located adjacent to Herron Road, the store’s front entrance (rendering above) would face west, Nixon said.

With 460 parking spaces agreed upon for the new store by J.C. Penney brass according to Nixon, “they have a parking ratio that they require, and this 460 is slightly reduced from the total requirement that they wanted, but they’ve agreed to it.”

A staff recommendation was eliminated that would have reduced the parking lot number to 419 by allowing a retaining wall “to be straightened and there would be room for a walking trail to connect from Herron Road to the [J.C. Penney] parking lot,” the recommendation stated.

Commission approved the J.C. Penney site plan unanimously — Commissioners Ron Honken and Connie Rutenber were absent — subject to 12 of 13 staff recommendations that were approved and required to be completed.

In other matters, the Commission:

• discussed proposed Farragut Town Center issues concerning business advertisement medium options such as flags, wall signs and window signs; curb cut intervals within the center to properly allow for traffic outlets and enhance driver attraction; and the esthetic and practical value of dual roundabouts on either side of the center district.

• approved unanimously a site plan for Tennessee State Bank, 11470 Parkside Drive, east of Herron Road, subject to fulfilling 23 staff recommendations.

• approved unanimously a variance from the Farragut Municipal Code, distance between driveways, located on the wide side of McFee Road.

• approved unanimously a resubdivision of Country Manor lot 2, unit 4 and Country Way lots 12 and 13.

• approved unanimously a resubdivision of Parkside Drive, lots 3DR and 4AR1, located off Herron Road and Parkside Drive, subject to fulfilling 15 staff

recommendations.

• approved unanimously a site plan for Colonial Phase III-Borrow Pit, located on the north side of Parkside Drive, east of Gander Mountain, subject to submitting an irrevocable letter of credit for erosion control for $30,000.

 

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