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FMPC approves Farragut memorial

Farragut’s Municipal Planning Commission and Board of Mayor and Aldermen each unanimously approved a concept plan for the Farragut memorial, which will include the first statue of Adm. James David Glasgow Farragut in more than 100 years.

The 7-foot-tall statue, to be completed in early 2010, will be placed on a lot adjacent to Town Hall, off Municipal Center Drive.

“The piece is substantially complete and Linda [Rankin, sculptor] will be taking it to the foundry in New York for casting in the near future,” Leisure Services Director Sue Stuhl told FMPC.

The statue will be located in the planned memorial park, hopefully with an anchor and cannon from the U.S.S. Hartford, Farragut’s ship.

“This plan takes that into account, and we feel there’s a pretty good chance of that [happening],” Stuhl said.

“The memorial site is designed to be viewed by pedestrian visitors and drivers along Municipal Center Drive,” Jennifer Salyer, representing Barge, Waggoner, Sumner and Cannon, said.

The “nautical design” theme will include landscaping with native flowers and trees and historical signage.

“The landscaping is such that it will not block views from the street,” Salyer said.

“The statue is the focal point of the site: it’s located in the center of a circular plaza and will be elevated on a stone base,” she added.

The stone base will be six feet tall, hoisting the statue 13 feet above visitors’ heads. Bollard-and-chain barriers would discourage visitors from climbing on the historic artifacts, and surveillance cameras are intended to keep vandals away.

Mike Karnitz, chair of the Farragut Statue subcommittee, said he hopes the park will be completed by May 2010, to correspond with the Town’s 30th anniversary and the 200th anniversary of Farragut being commissioned into the Navy.

“We see this as a really big deal and a really big event in the history of the Town,” Stuhl told FBMA.

“We will be incorporating historic signage as markers and as informational … the pathway does allow itself for future incorporation of historical markers that would go along with the information that is also in the [Farragut Folklife] Museum.

“We do hope to spur interest and connectivity between the memorial and the Museum for additional information,” Rankin said at the FMPC meeting.


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