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City OKs plans for new CVS

Sara McManamy-Johnson sjohnson@lebanondemocrat.com • Dec 17, 2015 at 5:38 PM

Plans are moving forward for a new CVS Pharmacy in Lebanon.

Lebanon Planning Commission voted unanimously Tuesday to approve both a final plat and site plans for the pharmacy.

Developers plan to build it on a 1.42-acre tract at the southeast corner of W. Main Street and Hartmann Drive.

Beulah Garrett said the latest plans seem improved over prior versions submitted.

“The front seems to be improved facing W. Main,” said Garrett.

Paul Corder, the city’s head planner, said the developer had followed the city’s requests.

“There had been some discussion about the façade,” said Corder. “We have asked them to screen the mechanical appliances more.”

The plans approved Tuesday show the additions requested.

Planning commissioners also unanimously approved a final plat for StoneBridge Phases 19 and 22A, a subdivision of 2.42 acres. They opted to defer vote on final site plan approval, though, to wait for staff comment responses.

Commissioners will consider the site plan at their next meeting.

They also opted to defer a request to rezone about three-quarters of an acre at 227 S. Maple St. 

The property owner, Gary McNabb, asked that the property be rezoned from commercial to industrial so he could convert the existing building to an indoor storage business.

McNabb said he’s already done extensive renovations on the building, which was damaged during the 2010 floods. He said he tried finding alternate uses for the building before deciding to use it for an indoor storage business, a field he’s already established in.

“I’ve tried to figure out for two years what to do with this building,” said McNabb.

Commissioners hesitated on the request, though, because the future land use plan calls for the area to be commercial.

“I’m 100 percent in favor of growth and development for our city…[but] I made an oath to follow the land use plan,” said Garrett.

Corder said commissioners could opt to modify the land use plan or even create a new zoning classification that would relate specifically to indoor storage businesses and allow them to be included in a commercial area, as opposed to the current classification under industrial.

He also noted, though, that the city is working on redoing the whole zoning code for the city.

“It’s possible if we do create a whole new zoning could it would only be around for a few months anyway,” said Corder.

Commissioners voted to defer the request until the best solution could be determined.

In other business, planning commissioners approved the following:

A site plan for Project Pellet, Phase 1, a development of about 21.12 acres at Highway 109, off Innovative Way;

Amending the future land use plan on part 2072 and 1640 Old Murfreesboro Rd. from commercial office to industrial commercial;

Rezoning about 66.2 acres at 2072 and 1640 Old Murfreesboro Rd. from agricultural to industrial and commercial.

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