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Grading permit approved

Farragut Municipal Planning Commission approved a grading permit for a lot widely rumored to be future home to a grocery store at its meeting Thursday, July 22.

The lot, located along Parkside Drive between Home Federal Bank and JCPenney, is just shy of 14 acres, and is suspected of being a planned location for a Publix grocery store. Turkey Creek Land Partners principal John Turley hinted as such to Economic Development Committee members several months ago.

At the July 22 FMPC meeting, Turkey Creek Land Partners spokesman Danny Kirby said the group still was in negotiations with a possible tenant, and expected to have those negotiations conclude in the next 30 days.

The grading permit was requested to “get a leg up” on the process, Kirby said, so the tentative tenant could reach its targeted — and unspecified — opening date.

Commissioner Ed St. Clair moved to approve the grading permit with a second from Noah Myers; the motion was unanimously approved.

Commissioners also approved a connector driveway between the Campbell Station Retail center (where Dunkin’ Donuts is located) and the EconoLodge behind it.

According to spokesman Richard LeMay, the drive was being constructed by Bob Pollock as a way to allow drivers entering the retail center’s parking lot by accident to still access the hotel’s parking lot without having to pull back out onto Campbell Station.

The plan was unanimously approved.

In other business, FMPC:

• Approved a site plan for a pavilion to be constructed at St. John Neumann Church, 745 St. John Court.

The pavilion will be located near the playground between St. John Neumann Church and the school.

• Approved a site plan for Walgreens, 10703 Kingston Pike, at the corner of the Pike and Lovell Road, to add parking spaces.

According to Community Development director Ruth Hawk, the construction of Costco on an adjacent lot meant Walgreens’ parking requirements changed and needed to be brought up to date.


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