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Blanchard and Calhoun pull out of Brooklawn development

A developer announced it no longer was party to any future construction on land at the heart of Farragut during a Farragut Municipal Planning Commission meeting Thursday, Oct. 20.

Mark Senn of Blanchard and Calhoun Commercial, developers of Kroger Marketplace and the shops along Brooklawn Street, were asking FMPC to remove a letter of credit requirement for walking trail improvements on an undeveloped portion of the Biddle property, upon which the Brooklawn development sits.

“Right now, it’s in the middle of a horse field,” Senn said.

At one time, Brooklawn was meant to be developed in phases, with phase two set to include a greenway. Blanchard and Calhoun was required to submit a letter of credit to guarantee the greenway would be built.

However, Blanchard and Calhoun no longer has phase two under option, Senn said.

“Since then, a lot of things have changed,” he said.

Associate Town administrator Gary Palmer had prepared a lengthy memo for FMPC members recommending the Town remove the LOC requirement for Blanchard and Calhoun, since the group no longer was involved in future developments.

Town administrator David Smoak assured commissioners the Town still could guarantee the greenway would be built through covenants and restrictions tied to the land.

“We have it covered in two different areas,” Smoak said.

Senn agreed, saying, “When and if that phase gets done, that [developer] will have to put [a greenway] in. You still have all the cards.”

Mayor Ralph McGill moved to remove the LOC requirement from Blanchard and Calhoun; commissioner Betty Dick seconded and the motion was unanimously approved.

In other business, FMPC:

• Approved an amendment to Farragut Zoning Ordinance that defined “medical spa” and permitted medical spas in commercial and office zoning districts.

That amendment came after Stacey Handel, owner of Garde Bien, bought an office zoned condo in Renaissance | Farragut, only to find businesses like her medical spa weren’t allowed in office districts. The amendment now goes to Farragut’s Board of Mayor and Aldermen for two readings before final approval.

“Thank you for your patience,” Alderman Ron Honken told Handel, who first came to the Board with her problem more than a month ago, “And thank you for educating us.”

• Unanimously approved amendments to Farragut Zoning Ordinance that would change requirements for the Town’s special events permit.

The changes are designed to help the year-round branding of “Shop Farragut,” and will restrict businesses to having special event signs with an all-white background and a maximum of 20 square feet. The signs also must be hemmed scrim vinyl and must contain the Shop Farragut logo.

New Farragut Business Alliance executive director, Allison Sousa, said the FBA was researching making modifications to the Shop Farragut logo to make it more conducive to year-round use.

• Unanimously approved a site plan for additional athletic fields at Knoxville Christian School, 11549 Snyder Road.

• Unanimously approved a site plan for Walgreens, 10713 Kingston Pike, which reflected changes made to access and parking lots, to allow for large equipment trucks and semi-trucks to move through the property.


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