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Costco proposes site changes

Costco representatives appeared before Farragut Municipal Planning Commission seeking changes to the wholesaler’s site plan Thursday night, Oct. 20.

Chris Ooten, of Schaad companies, said the primary changes were to reflect an above ground detention basin, rather than underground detention reservoirs, and adding two retaining walls to the rear of the property.

“Certainly the cost was what was driving the move,” Ooten said.

“But the positive of all that was that some of the drainage that was coming out of the site was going to the west to the wet weather conveyance” that borders Powell Acres subdivision, he added.

The new design will fix that, so all water drains from the above ground detention basin at the rear of the property to the north, toward the wetlands that surround Turkey Creek’s Lovell Road entrance.

“The only water that will come down the wet weather conveyance will be the water that the residents experienced today, predominantly from Kingston Pike and Knox County on the south side of the Pike,” Ooten said.

He also added Costco still was willing to uphold its agreements with Powell Acres residents, who asked for additional landscaping on the west side of the building, a more aesthetically pleasing retaining wall and detention basins designed for 200-year floods, rather than 100-year floods.

“Those were added to the site plan and ... that all is taken care of,” Ooten said.

The two groups still were working on an agreement on how to properly clear out the wet weather conveyance, he added.

Former Town alderman Tom Rosseel, who has acted as spokesman for Powell Acres residents, gave his thanks.

“The residents want to thank Costco for making the changes they requested,” he said.

Commission Chair Rita Holladay asked Ooten if he’d heard news about the Farlow Drive relocation planned to coincide with the Costco development. Farlow will be realigned to join the Pike at a signalized entrance to Costco.

“That’s something that Knox County is working on,” Ooten said.

But Ooten added the design for the intersection already was complete, and he was under the impression the County was working on right-of-way acquisition for the project.

“We offered up, as a part of our overall design of the facilities on Kingston Pike and Lovell Road, we had our engineers go ahead and design the Farlow Drive intersection. That design’s been done, the County has approved all that,” Ooten said.

“It very well may be done in conjunction” with the completion of the Costco development, he added.


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