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Campbell connector approved

Relief is in sight for a few merchants off Campbell Station Road who have long sought traffic improvements at Campbell Lakes Drive.

Farragut Municipal Planning Commission approved a connector driveway between Farragut Station Shopping Center, Econo Lodge and BP along Campbell Station Road at its meeting Thursday, Sept. 19.

The new driveway would connect the three businesses’ parking lots and ultimately connect the parking lots to Campbell Lakes Drive.

“This will allow everyone to go to the traffic light [at Grigsby Chapel Road] if they want to,” Richard LeMay, designer of the project, said.

Community Development Director Ruth Hawk agreed.

“It’s been a long practice of the town of Farragut to interconnect parking lots and driveways,” she said.

Once the connector drive is completed, a motorist could travel from Farragut Station Shopping Center — which contains Dunkin’ Donuts and Border Taco — to Grigsby Chapel Road without ever getting back on Campbell Station.

“Every now and again, I think we have a no-brainer, and I think this is one,” Mayor Ralph McGill said.

The driveway also would serve as another entrance to the Econo Lodge from the Farragut Station Shopping Center parking lot.

LeMay said motorists trying to find the entrance to the hotel often turn into Farragut Station’s lot accidentally and then have a hard time returning to the main road.

McGill moved to accept the new driveways; Vice Mayor Dot LaMarche seconded and the motion was unanimously approved with commissioners Ed St. Clair, Ron Honken and Ed Whiting absent.

LeMay had another question on parking requirements for the Econo Lodge.

LeMay estimated the Econo Lodge had insufficient parking, per Farragut’s parking requirements, and wanted to ensure the driveway project — which cuts two parking spaces — wouldn’t cause the hotel to become non-compliant.

“That’s not something Mr. Pollock [the applicant] can fix,” LeMay said. Pollock doesn’t own the hotel.

“Is that grandfathered? It’s been existing forever,” LeMay asked Hawk.

Farragut’s parking regulations require one space per room. LeMay said he thought the Econo Lodge had 79 rooms and only 53 spaces.

“Twenty-six short could be entertaining,” Commissioner Ron Rochelle said.

Hawk said she thought the parking situation could be dealt with ... . a staff level and that parking at an individual business would not affect an unrelated plan for a connector driveway.


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