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Unnamed Parkside grocery site approved

Without any formal announcement on a tenant, but with rumors widely circulating, Farragut Municipal Planning Commission approved a site plan for “Grocery and Shops at Turkey Creek,” at its meeting Thursday, Aug. 18.

The 49,098 square foot grocery will be built at 11656 Parkside Drive, between Home Federal Bank and JCPenney. The site plan also includes 15,000 square feet of shops.

The building will feature metal structural accents at the front of the building, black accent bricks and block walls painted to match the brick facing.

Commissioner Noah Myers moved to approve the site plan; Commissioner Ed St. Clair seconded and it was unanimously approved.

Turkey Creek Land Partners representative Danny Kirby also allayed Commissioners’ worries that a loading dock and trash compactor at the rear of the building would create noise pollution for a home situated nearby.

Kirby agreed to build an approximately 200-foot long “shadow box” privacy fence at the top of an already-existing retaining wall to block the noise.

Myers pointed out that wasn’t required of the Town, and the existing 50-foot buffer already was wider than the standard for the zoning district.

“We’re really going above and beyond and the applicant is being cooperative,” he said.

Town Community Development director Ruth Hawk agreed.

“This is not a town of Farragut requirement ... but if they’re willing to work with us, we’re very appreciative,” she said.

Myers drew attention to a unique aspect of the site plan — shopping cart storage built into parking lot islands, rather than the standard steel buggy structures.

“Enveloping this in some landscaping is a great idea,” Myers said.

Hawk said the design was a first for the Town.

Hawk initially asked Kirby to construct a sidewalk between pull-in parking spaces and the side of the building (something the Town doesn’t have a requirement for), but Commissioners shot the idea down as a safety hazard.

Kirby agreed, saying his unnamed tenant didn’t want to put any pedestrian in a position where he could be pinned against a wall by an out-of-control car.

“They are just adamant they don’t want to deal with that safety issue,” he said.

St. Clair agreed, saying pedestrians would have more room to maneuver out of the way when walking behind vehicles in a parking lot than on a five-foot sidewalk against a building wall with nowhere to go.

In other business, Commission:

• Approved a site plan for Summit View Health Care Center, for the addition of a back-up generator, fuel tank and walking trails.


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