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Planning Commission Approves Ace Hardware
Architect Michael Hideman, left, engineer Bill Forte and owner Frank Shop display "a first brush" site plan.
The Metro Planning Commission approved the building of an Ace Hardware store near Kroger on Highway 100 at their June 12 board meeting.

The commission approved the rezoning request by owner Frank Shope by a vote of 5-2 on condition that the property will not have direct access onto Highway 100.

In a public meeting last month with about 50 residents, Shope presented his concept Tuesday evening for a 12,000-square-foot brick and block store on Highway 100.

The proposed store would be on the 1.5-acre property across from Jimmy Dean's Market and to the "right" of the Kroger Shopping Center. The property is now zoned for individual homes (RS-40) and will require rezoning by the council before the hardware store can be built.

Shope, a Bellevue resident, architect Michael Hindman and engineer Bill Forte presented site plans and a store design at a meeting called by Councilman Charlie Tygard. He noted that the plan would come before the Metro Planning Commission at a public hearing on June 12 and would be subject to another public hearing before the Metro Council on July 1.

Shope, owner of the Hart Hardware store in Belle Meade also owns the Ace Hardware stores in the H.G. Hill Shopping centers in Belle Meade and Green Hills Village. He said he anticipates closing the two Ace stores and building this one as a replacement.

Engineer Forte told the group at the Harpeth Valley Elementary School that the developers anticipate the building would have a small parking lot on the Highway 100 side and a larger lot on the Kroger side and to the rear of the building.

The sides facing Highway 100 and Kroger would be brick while the west side and rear of the building would be textured block "painted to match with the brick." The engineer and architect noted the similarity of the building design to the new Walgreen's under construction in the area.

Shope and Forte said they were in discussions with Kroger management to obtain an access from the Kroger entrance into the property and also envisioned an entrance from Highway 100 just before the Collins Road traffic signal.

While many of the residents did not voice opposition to the project, former councilman and PCE board member Roger Baskette objected to using block on two of the sites of the building instead of all brick. Architect Hindman responded that the block would be painted to blend in and would not be noticable from Highway 100. The block was used instead of brick to contain costs on the project, he added.

The plan now must be approved by the Metro Council before construction can begin.

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Members Opinions:
May 19, 2003 at 12:00am
Sorry I missed the meeting. I was talking trash at a meeting of Metro council's sub-committee on solid waste. A site plan should be submitted prior to planning commission. If one is available posting it would be helpful.

I fully appreciate the need to save money by using painted block instead of brick but in the long hall the cost differantial will be off-set by savings from not having to repaint, something that too offten does not happen.

Stan Scott

May 13, 2003 at 12:00am

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