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Developer Asks For Delay In Wendy’s Signage Discussion At Old Kentucky

Cookeville City Council accepted a request Thursday night to postpone an appeals hearing on additional signage for the Old Kentucky Road shopping development. Developer Wayne Cravens had asked for the hearing after the Planning Commission denied an additional free standing pole sign for a proposed Wendy’s fast food location. “He is evaluating moving an approved monument sign for this development ... Read More »

Cookeville Planning Rezone Former Claude Darwin Despite Parking Concerns

Cookeville’s former Claude Darwin Housing Units have been rezoned, allowing the remaking of that property to go forward. The Cookeville Planning Commission unanimously approved the rezoning. Concerns raised about the complex continuing with on-street parking only. Community Development Director Jon Ward said there was not much that could be done. “Being as this has existed the way it has for ... Read More »

Wingstop Takes Last Commercial Spot At Shoppes At Eagle Point

Wingstop is coming to Cookeville’s Shoppes At Eagle Point. Community Development Director Jon Ward said it is the last spot in the shopping center. Ward said a building permit has been issued, so Wingstop is now free to remodel the space. Ward said businesses contact the city daily about locating here. Finding a space can be an issue. “We just ... Read More »

Cookeville Council Unsure About Impact Of RVs In Mobile Home Park Changes

It’s like putting toothpaste back in the tube. That’s how Cookeville City Attorney Dan Rader described the city’s proposed zoning code changes regarding RVs in the city’s existing mobile home parks. The Planning Department wants to clean up conflicting letters and permits that have been issued over the years that allowed the practice. But at a work session Monday, the ... Read More »

Cookeville Working To Fill Expanded Economic Development Role

Cookeville officials looking at resumes to fill the role of Economic Development and Grant Coordinator. Melinda Keifer continues to assist the city in a part-time role after her 2022 retirement. Community Development Director Jon Ward said the role has been changed to work both on economic opportunities for business and industry as well as grants. “They’re working with the local ... Read More »

Cookeville Planning Approves RV Changes For Mobile Home Parks

Cookeville Planning Commission approved changes to the zoning code Monday night designed to allow RVs in existing mobile home parks. Community Development Director Jon Ward said the rules apply to existing mobile home parks within the city limits. Existing codes would be used for any future mobile home developments within Cookeville. Under the rules approved, RVs must remain operable and ... Read More »

Work Remains To Better Market Cookeville’s Lemon Farris Industrial Site

Cookeville continues to market the Lemon Farris site off Highway 111 to prospective industries, but Community Development Director Jon Ward said more work will be done in the months to come. “The grant is still open,” Ward said. “We have not completed the work yet, the due diligence work on the site, but we hope to have that completed very ... Read More »

Rezoning Approved For Property At Cookeville’s West Broad & Crescent

Cookeville City Council voted to rezone some four acres off West Broad Street to local commercial Thursday night. The four acres on Crescent Drive are located adjacent to the former Bob’s Body Shop property that has been cleared in recent months. Community Development Director Jon Ward said the land currently has two different zones and the rezoning would provide consistency. ... Read More »

Cookeville Planning Commission Denies North Jefferson Rezoning

Cookeville’s Planning Commission denied a request to rezone a North Jefferson Avenue property near Tennessee Tech from residential to commercial Monday night. The .53 acre property, located near 7th Avenue, is currently zoned RS-15, a low-density residential zoning. The property owner wants to use the location for a full-service hair salon. Resident Susan Vandergriff said rezoning this plot of land ... Read More »

Cookeville City Council To Consider Applying For Third Spring St. Sidewalk Grant

Cookeville City Council will considering applying for an additional grant to install sidewalks on Spring Street, bringing the total project to potentially three phases. Community Planning Director Jon Ward said the original scope of the project from 2014 would construct sidewalks from Old Kentucky Road to Broad Street. He said they were awarded a second grant in 2021 to break ... Read More »