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Mental care facility cleared for Concord Road area

A mental care facility is well on its way to being built off Concord Road.

Farragut Municipal Planning Commissioners approved a host of permits and plans for Clarity Pointe, an assisted living facility geared toward mental care.

The site plan includes the building, which will be constructed in earth tones, plenty of landscaping and soft lighting.

“It will have a residential look because this facility is intended to be a dementia care facility, so we want to have a residential look, something very pleasing, very soft,” project engineer Mark Bialik, GBS Engineering, said.

Ruth Hawk, Town community development director, called the design for the facility “excellent,” lauding the planned greenways and courtyard.

Because Clarity Pointe will be a “lockdown facility,” the enclosed courtyard will provide a secure area for residents to exercise and enjoy time out of doors.

“The courtyard ... has raised planters for the residents to be able to plant and garden. There’s open lawn areas, there’s outdoor seating, there’s a fountain,” Hawk said.

“This design takes the residents very much into consideration, so we’re very lucky to have something of this caliber coming to Farragut,” she added.

A neighboring property owner, Sarah Malin, appeared before FMPC with a few questions. She asked Bialik for a copy of the site plans.

He agreed.

Commissioner Ed Whiting moved to accept the site plan; Commissioner Melissa Mustard seconded. The motion was unanimously approved with Mayor Ralph McGill and Vice Mayor Dot LaMarche absent.

Next, FMPC approved a preliminary plat for a new road that would access the property. That construction will include a deceleration lane for drivers turning onto the property from Concord Road, Hawk said.

Concord Road is scheduled to be widened in the coming years; that project will be directed by TDOT since Concord is a state road.

Hawk also said the developers are constructing a walking trail along the access road, and when Concord Road is widened, that trail will connect to one planned to run the length of Concord’s west side.

Commissioners also approved a land disturbance plan and a clearing permit for the property, which once was used as a Christmas tree farm.

“It will take two weeks to clear the trees before we even begin grading,” Bialik said.

He said the developer intended to have all the grading work done by the end of the year, with construction to begin early next year.

In other business, Commis-sion:

• Approved a TDS request to bury cable on the north side of Boyd Station Road at McFee Road.

Traffic disruption would be minimal, Hawk said, and flagmen would be on hand to direct traffic.


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