Campbell Station Inn renovation heading into Phase II

Campbell Station Inn, previously known as Avery-Russell House, is heading into Phase II of a renovation project.

Farragut Board of Mayor and Aldermen voted unanimously to approve a $90,000 contract between the Town and the architectural firm of Brewer Ingram Fuller Inc. during its meeting Thursday, March 23, to provide professional planning, design and oversight services for the renovation.

The Board approved the first of two agreements for planning and design of Campbell Station Inn at its Jan. 8 meeting.

Gary Palmer, assistant Town manager, said the first agreement for Phase I involved a master plan and commitment engagement. Phase II involves a stabilization design for and renovation of the house.

While $77,000 has been budgeted, Town administrator Palmer said the $13,000 of the $90,000 is for any contingencies. The bidding process would take about six to eight weeks, then construction could take five to six months.

In a workshop before the March 23 meeting, Board members said they wanted a park area to be included in the plans.

“In the workshop, we talked about a small park,” Vice Mayor Ron Pinchok said. “We would like to see this park part of this phase. I don’t think a part would be that complicated.”

“I will be happy to get with the Town to discuss a park design,” Lee Ingram with Brewer Ingram Fuller Inc, said.

However, Smoak said shoring up of the house needs to be a priority.

Before the architects can continue with the design phase, they will have to wait for an abatement and get a certificate from Knox County Air Quality.

“Before we purchased the house, we had to do an asbestos assessment,” Palmer said, adding lead-based paint and asbestos were found in the house.

The architects are waiting until the abatement is completed before they can go back into the house to finish the design phase.

In other business, the Board approved unanimously:

• the re-appointment of Knick Myers to Farragut Economic Development Adviso-ry Committee. Myers had missed three meetings this year, and the Town’s charter states any member’s term shall expire on the third absence from committee meetings during the fiscal year.

• An amendment to the Town’s ordinance to adopt a color palette and specific perameters for colors as they relate to buildings and the implementation of the Town’s Architec-tural Design Guidelines.

• An ordinance amendment to change the requirements for materials on one-story buildings from 60 percent masonry to 75 percent masonry.