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Fox Den plans new entrance ‘look’

Farragut Municipal Planning Commission approved a site plan for open space at the entrance to Fox Den subdivision at its meeting, Thursday, Aug. 20.

The site once was home to a realty office, which was demolished in the past year. The land now belongs to the homeowners’ association, which plans to landscape the spot.

“We’re trying to do something that will be lovely for both our subdivision and the town of Farragut,” Emma Bea Stallings, Fox Den representative, said.

The plan will include stone paths and walkways, as well as shrubs and trees. A large gate will welcome visitors to Fox Den.

“The curve [of the gate] is going to be toward Kingston Pike,” Stallings said.

The new gate and stone walls will match the current stone walls proclaiming the subdivision’s name.

There are no lights planned for the landscaping, Stallings said, because the homeowners’ association can’t fund them at this time. The wiring will be installed, but lighting won’t be.

“We have ‘X’ number of dollars to spend. We’re trying to make it look as good as we can on the offset, and work on the smaller things [later],” Stallings said.

Community Development Director Ruth Hawk asked that landscaping be completed sans English ivy, which is a non-native invasive species of plant.

FMPC unanimously approved the site plan.

American Finest Hardwood Flooring also presented plans to renovate the exterior of its building to Farragut Municipal Planning Commission, Thursday, Aug. 20.

“We want more customers; we need more money,” Vasile Deac, American Hardwood owner, said with a laugh.

The renovations include giving the metal building a pitched roof, adding pillars and crown molding and other decorative affects.

“The applicant feels the building does not really reflect well on the product they sell,” Hawk said.

Deac said the changes also would also benefit neighbors with its improved aesthetics. Hawk said the residents of Powell Acres subdivision, near American Finest Hardwood, were pleased with the plans.

“I think the improvements will be outstanding,” Commissioner Ed St. Clair said.

FMPC unanimously approved the site plan.


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