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Gander Mtn. plans shooting range

Two local businesses are planning remodels that were each approved by Farragut Municipal Planning Commission Thursday, March 17.

Taco Bell in West End, 11217 Kingston Pike, will be renovated to reflect the restaurant chain’s new exterior building design; the restaurant entrance will be relocated as well.

“Most of you have probably seen the new Taco Bell buildings around; this will be following that same model,” Community Development Director Ruth Hawk said.

“They will be relocating their entrance to the west side of the building. If you’ve ever been to that Taco Bell, it is a little precarious to step out right at the drive-thru, so they are moving [the entrance] to the front of the building,” she added.

Vice Mayor Dot LaMarche moved to accept the new Taco Bell site plan; Commissioner Ed St. Clair seconded and the motion was unanimously approved, with Commissioners Ron Honken, Ron Rochelle and Melissa Mustard absent.

Gander Mountain in Turkey Creek will be expanding its building footprint as well — adding about 10,000 square feet that will include a shooting range and shooting simulators.

“It’s going to cater to [its] current customer base,” Hawk said.

Hawk said Gander Mountain likely would be holding gun safety and carry permit classes in the addition.

Gander Mountain is the first commercial business that will have to comply with the Town’s new regulations requiring bicycle racks. Hawk said Gander Mountain only would have to install bike racks for the 10,000 square foot addition, but has elected to install bike racks for the entire building.

“They’ll designate some parking spaces as greenway spaces” as well, Hawk said, since the business sits alongside the Turkey Creek greenway.

Hawk said the Farragut location of Gander Mountain is one of eight in the country that is revising its building footprint to include a shooting range.

St. Clair moved to accept the expansion site plan; Commissioner Cindy Hollyfield seconded and the motion was unanimously approved.

FMPC also approved a land disturbance permit for Buddy Gregg Motor Homes off Snyder Road, to allow for site clearing to expand the existing facility.

“So you need to do the clearing to find out what’s there, right?” Mayor Ralph McGill asked.

Part of the Buddy Gregg property is in the Town and part is not; the land includes an extensive sinkhole system. The property owners wish to clear part of the land to determine just how the sinkhole system is situated on the property and how best to build around it.

Of the 15 acres of land, applicant Bryan Mills estimated about three acres would be cleared with a “hydro-ax,” a piece of equipment that mulches trees as it cuts, which minimizes soil disturbance.

Commissioner Ed Whiting moved to accept the land disturbance permit; LaMarche seconded and the motion was unanimously approved.

In other business, FMPC:

• Approved a site plan for Primrose School, a childcare facility to be constructed at the corner of Old Stage Road and Kingston Pike.

• Approved the annual review of the concept plan for The Cottages at Pryse Farm subdivision off McFee Road.

“This is the most active development currently going on in the Town,” Hawk said.

• Approved an amendment that would reduce the number of parking spaces required for large, freestanding retail stores.


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