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FMPC approves Summit View expansion zoning

Farragut Municipal Planning Commission approved re-subdividing and rezoning the Lawrence property, location of Summit View Nursing Home, at its meeting Thursday, Oct. 16.

Summit View plans to add assisted living residences to the property.

“The Lawrence family desires to add an assisted living and independent living unit to the rear of the present nursing home, and to upgrade the present building,” former Farragut Mayor Robert “Bob” Leonard said.

“This is a really marvelous and much-needed project in my view,” he added.

“The thought, I believe, on the concept for the rear ... is that the assisted living and the independent living would have a different feel, almost like entering a residential subdivision,” Kim Ramsey, Cannon & Cannon Engineering, said.

The independent and assisted living residences would likely have shared facilities with the nursing home, but Ramsey thought the option for separate entrances would be helpful.

The property would not have any driveway on Union Road, which borders the back of the property, but Ramsey hoped to keep access on Hobbs Road and Kingston Pike.

Commission asked that the residential driveway on Hobbs Road line up with the drive of Christ Covenant Church.

“It probably would. The front [Hobbs Road] driveway, we’re not sure at this point, because there would be probably some upgrades and revisions to the parking area around the existing nursing home,” Ramsey said.

The property’s interior property lines were dissolved, creating one lot of a little less than 28 acres. The property was then rezoned to C-1-3.

Commission approved the measure unanimously.

FMPC also approved plans for First Utility District to improve the North Campbell Station Road sewer and water system.

The improvements, from Grigsby Chapel Road and Parkside Drive to Kingston Pike, would be completed before the road is improved and widened.

FMPC Chair Bob Hill asked which side of the road FUD would be working on.

“The water line is predominantly on the east side, and there’s some sewer work that will be on the west side,” Ken McCoy, from Jordan, James and Goulding, said.

“The sewer line is on the west side of the road and follows the creek,” Town Community Dev-elopment Director Ruth Hawk said.

“That existing sewer line, there’s been some issues with capacity, and also it’s an older line that’s developed a swag through the years and has given some service problems,” McCoy said.

“Basically, 75 percent of it is off-side of the road project, but we felt like this was a good time to make those improvements.

“Using this time during the road construction project is going to help us a lot getting some of that corrected,” he added.

McCoy estimated work would begin spring 2009 and be completed in about six months. Bids for road construction would likely go out in summer 2009.

McCoy said FUD would be contacting residents about easements and would ensure residents and motorists were aware of the work going on.

“I know traffic will be an issue on that road for sure,” McCoy said.

FMPC unanimously approved the plans.


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