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New Retail Center Plan Gets Variances

A new plan for a proposed retail center at the corner of I-40 and Willow Avenue received three variance approvals from Cookeville’s Board of Zoning Appeals Thursday night.

The new plan submitted by Nashville-based Development Management Group includes two major retailers, a 128,000 square foot anchor and a 107,000 square foot anchor with a 28,188 square foot garden center. The acreage would also include three restaurants and an outparcel. One restaurant features more than 5,000 square feet.

The board approved several sign variances including a 120-foot sign on Interstate 40 to allow for better visibility due to the topography at the Willow Avenue intersection.

A second variance included fewer landscape beds to divide parking in front of anchor one. The final variable reduced setbacks allow Green Gate Lane as well as a minor setback change on the interstate.

City officials said they’ve been told a full plan for the proposed development could arrive in the next month. The variances are valid for one year.