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FMPC approves auto repair site

Farragut’s Municipal Planning Commission approved the site plan for a new automotive repair facility near the intersection of Smith Road and Kingston Pike.

First Choice Automotive will be built on land between CVS Pharmacy and Jefferson Federal Bank.

“The building is all brick; it is earth tones. The door openings will be facing to the sides and the front of the building is an office with windows, and that is what will be facing Kingston Pike,” Community Development Director Ruth Hawk said.

The auto repair shop won’t have an entrance or exit onto Kingston Pike — it will connect to the Derby Run entrance drive and to the CVS entrance drive at the Smith Road intersection.

“So drivers can get to the signal for example, for making safe left-hand turns,” Hawk said.

Commissioner Ron Rochelle asked Chris Sharp of Urban Engineering, and spokesman for the project, about the vacant Tuffy’s building on the other side of Town — off Kingston Pike near David’s Abbey Carpets.

“There’s a lot better access to Kingsotn Pike, there’s a traffic signal, so the ingress and egress will be a lot easier,” Sharp said of the site near CVS.

“And you’ve got the apartments behind this and [the site] will serve as one-stop shopping with CVS while you’re getting your vehicle serviced, and the bank,” he added.

Commissioner Ed Whiting asked how First Choice would take care of hazardous waste.

Sharp said the business would have an approximate 500-gallon waste oil tank that would be pumped once a week, plus an approximate 1,000-gallon secondary tank.

Commissioner Ed St. Clair moved to accept the site plan; Commissioner Cindy Hollyfield seconded and the motion was unanimously approved, with Mayor Ralph McGill and Vice Mayor Dot LaMarche absent.

Commissioners also discussed a possible rezoning of land on the corner of Kingston Pike and Chaho Road, just across the street from Ingles.

The developer, Robert Allen, said he hoped to buy three lots on the corner and combine them to make one larger commercial zoned lot. The three plots currently are zoned office and sit in front of a largely residential area.

“I’ll buy all three provided we can get the zoning,” Allen said. He mentioned he would like to build a restaurant.

But Hawk said the lots are a substandard size even for the office district, which requires a minimum lot size of one acre.

“It doesn’t make sense to make it more non-conforming,” she said.

The project engineer, Mark Bialik of GBS Engineering, said an entrance to the property also could be a problem. It isn’t far enough away from existing intersections to meet the requirement for having its own entrance onto Kingston Pike.

And residents of Linda Heights have told the developer they didn’t want any entrance from the development onto Chaho Road.

“The plot is essentially landlocked,” Bialik said.

But Hawk said the real issue wasn’t access issues but the rezoning, pointing out the size of the lots wouldn’t allow for a buffer strip, which the Town normally requires between commercial and residential properties.

St. Clair said that kind of transitional zoning had been a touchstone of the Town’s for a long time.

“It’s worked well through time, and I think the residents have come to expect it,” he said.

Bialik said the developer would build a buffer even though the Town could not require it on a lot so small.

That item was for discussion only; no vote was taken.


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