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Ingles presents plans

Ingles is breaking historical ground with its new complex in Farragut Towne Square among approximately 200 supermarkets in Tennessee, the Carolinas, Virginia, Georgia and Alabama.

“It’ll be the biggest Ingles we’ve ever built, 92,000 square feet,” said Ben LaFrombois, a representative with the Asheville, N.C.-based supermarket chain whose Farragut complex along Kingston Pike will include a six-pump gas station, automated car wash and pharmacy on 19.58 acres. “It’ll have all the amenities of a modern grocery store. It should be a very pleasing environment for our customers.”

Lafrombois would not elaborate, even broadly, when the new store might open. From the beginning of construction, “Typically it would take approximately 10 months to complete our stores,” he said after appearing before Farragut Municipal Planning Commission during its Thursday, Dec. 20 meeting (other FMPC issues later in this story).

To alleviate traffic congestion at its entrance-exit intersection of Kingston Pike and Federal Boulevard, Ingles received unanimous Commission approval to construct a connector drive to Kingston Pike from the southwestern corner of Ingles’ property to intersect with Peterson Road. The drive would run parallel with Kingston Pike through frontage property at farragutpress, 11863 Kingston Pike, then circle and run directly across from Peterson Road.

The FMPC motion was subject to Ingles officials obtaining approval for a traffic light at the proposed intersection from Tennessee Department of Transportation — with town leadership blessing. “We highly encourage you to pursue that avenue of approach,” Mayor W. Edward “Eddy” Ford III said.

LaFrombois said by January he’ll “definitely know whether [TDOT] traffic signals warrants are met,” and report back to FMPC at its Feb. 15 meeting.

“Our long-term plan was to create an additional entrance at this end of the property, tying into Peterson. It maintains the ability to successfully move traffic out of our gas [station] and car wash area,” which would be located about 100 feet from Kingston Pike near the current Farragut Towne Square-Federal Boulevard intersection.

Town staff recommended rejecting an amended Ingles site plan for an east entrance into its drive-thru pharmacy, blueprinted at the western front of the store. However, following about 30 minutes of discussion, the east entrance site plan was approved 8-1 (Commissioner Carol Evans voting no).

Meanwhile, a new Holiday Inn Express is coming to Farragut.

Blueprinted is an “80 to 83-room” three story hotel to be located on a 6.04 acre site at 816 N. Campbell Station Road just north of Snyder Road, with entrance roughly lining up across from U. S. Golf.

Paul Williams, senior civil engineer with Best & Associates Architects, Inc. of Maryville, said construction would take about “seven to nine months,” adding he would like to have construction completed by late summer on early fall 2008.

Citing security concerns with exterior corridors featured at Farragut’s current Holiday Inn Express, 11717 Campbell Lakes Drive, “... Holiday Inn Corporation will not leave their flag on a motel … past a certain date that has exterior corridors,” Williams said.

He added that “certain date” will take effect “a couple of years from now.” Because of that, the current Farragut Holiday Inn Express “will be sold to another corporation.”

With more than 40,000 square feet, the new Holiday Inn Express features would include, according to Williams, an indoor pool and exercise-workout area.

Williams advised Commission-ers the hotel’s exterior would combine “brick and stucco.”

For hotel site access to N. Campbell Station Road, the Commission unanimously approved a temporary 234-foot variance for access point south and temporary eight-foot variance for access point north.

Site plan was approved unanimously subject to meeting eight staff recommendations.

In other matters, FMPC:

• after one hour of discussion concerning Everett Road-related expansion, unanimously voted to include 8-foot wide bicycle-walking trail on both sides of Everett from Smith Road to Everett Hills, plus another 8-foot-wide trail addition on the west side of Everett between Smith and Union roads. Also, both lanes of Everett Road would be widened to 12-feet.

Residents along the route affected expressed various concerns, including having trees/shrubbery, which serve as a visual-noise traffic buffer to their residences, cut or altered.

Town will pay 33 percent of construction cost up to $300,000, Ford said about the two-phase project.

• unanimously approved, subject to compliance with 13 staff recommendations, a preliminary plat for Farragut Station, a proposed 26-lot subdivision located at the corner of N. Campbell Station Road and Sonja Drive. (B and B Services, applicant)

• unanimously allowed resubdivision of parcels on east side of Chaho Road from two to three lots for homebuilding (Chris Malone, applicant)

• came to a tentative understanding with Wayne Davis, owner of Farragut Lawn and Tractor, about location and proper coverage concerning business’ outdoor inventory display/storage. No vote was taken.

• unanimously approved rezoning 2.1 acres fronting S. Watt Road about 275 feet south of Kingston Pike from R-1 to C-1 (Tyler Lindsey, applicant)

• unanimously approved rezoning approximately 45.5 acres located on southeast corner of Evans and McFee roads from R-2 to OSMR. (Thomas D. Pryse/Mary H. Pryse, applicants)

• unanimously rejected a request by Walgreens to amend Farragut Municipal Code, Sign Ordinance, to allow changeable copy ground-mounted signs.

“We [would] have no restaurant facilities, anything like that,” he added.

Though saying he originally hoped to start construction last August, Williams added,

Williams said rooms breakdown into “three different types of suites in this facility … I know there’s some double-bed suites, there’s some queen suites, and there’s some king suites. Some of them are handicap accessible.”

As for required tree removal on-site, Williams told FMPC he and his landscaping architect could find “a way to save some of the trees” in question.

adding they have “made an additional effort to go to the field and to identify individual trees. …”

As for required tree removal on-site, Williams told FMPC he and his landscaping architect could find “a way to save some of the trees” in question.


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