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FMPC mulls Farragut Y demolition


Farragut Municipal Planning Commission discussed demolition of the Farragut YMCA building at the corner of Lovell Road and Kingston Pike.

YMCA is building a new facility on donated land off Northshore Drive.

FMPC approved changing the demolition, salvage and removal date of the building from April 18 to Dec. 31, 2010.

The original motion was to change the date to April 18, 2010, but commissioner Ron Honken felt that may not allow YMCA enough time. The demolition date has been postponed other times in past.

“I’d rather extend it for two-and-a-half years or three years and be done with it than bring it again,” Honken said.


Jim Dickson, YMCA, said the group was working as fast as they could.

“We just started construction documents for our facility on Northshore. We have plans to break ground in January,” Dickson said.

“That could stretch a little bit longer because of financing issues,” he added.

Dickson said YMCA was revisiting banks for financing because “the deal we had a year ago has sort of evaporated on us.”

“There’s a chance we might need more time, but our hope is we get started in January and it takes 12 months or so to build it,” he added.

Commission moved to extend the date to Dec. 31, 2010.

Commission also approved a final plat for the Outlet Drive extension without 15 feet of sidewalk. The sidewalk ends about 15 feet short of the extension’s eastern boundary because of a steep slope. The slope would require construction of a 10- foot retaining wall.

“It’s a big project for such a small thing,” Town engineer Darryl Smith said.

Furrow Family Partnership, developer, asked that the retaining wall be built by whatever company develops the property, former site of a motel.

The unfinished sidewalk would not connect to any other sidewalk or walking trail were it finished now.

Smith said whoever develops the site may eliminate the need for a retaining wall.

“If the property next door does develop ... it’s also likely their parking lot could be higher so that a retaining wall wouldn’t be necessary,” Smith said.

Instead of constructing the sidewalk now, the Town would issue a “irrevocable letter of credit” for sidewalk construction for $12,000.

Honken asked when the site might be redeveloped.

“The reason I ask, is ... will this $12,000 be enough 12, 15 years from now?” Honken said.

“It may not. But this [price] is very high for a very short length of walk,” Smith said.

FMPC approved the letter of credit with the addition of an extender, to increase the amount on a timely basis.

In other business, Commission:

* Approved allowing AT&T off Parkside Drive to change its awning colors from black to orange.

Commissioner Ed St. Clair opposed the motion, saying the awnings would not coordinate with adjacent buildings, on which all the awnings are black or tan.

* Approved rezoning parcels 104 and 104.1, tax map 142, on the southwest corner of North Campbell Station Road and Grigsby Chapel Road from O-1 and FPD to O-1-3 and FPD.

 

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