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June 11, 2013

Planning commission approves IHOP plan

RICHMOND — In a special called meeting Tuesday, the  Richmond Planning and Zoning Commission approved a site development plan for an IHOP restaurant off the south-bound off ramp of Exit 87 of Interstate 75.

When the developer of the two lots between the exit and Jack’s BP had a plan before the board April 23, action was tabled because of traffic congestion concerns.

On Tuesday, Charles Black, engineer for the developer presented a permit from the state transportation cabinet approving a traffic plan for the location.

Access to the IHOP will be right-in, right-out only from the north side of Barnes Mill Road, with a large raised island to direct traffic flow and prevent left turns in and out.

Patrons leaving the restaurant and wanting to drive east into town, north or south on the interstate will first have to drive west on Barnes Mill Road and then find a place to turn around.

The state permit “allows us to extend utilities to the building,” Black said. “It permits us to do some grading, permits us to discharge our detention pod into the DOT storm sewer out on Barnes Mill Road. It accomplishes several things.”

Before approving the development, the commission made three changes to the site plan, allowing the developer to eliminate a loading zone on the north side of the property, shortening eight parking spaces west of the building from 19 feet to 18 feet long and allowing dumpsters to be placed in an area where they would be out of sight.

The developer will be seeking a variance from the Board of Adjustments for a two-feet sign setback to avoid encroaching on the building line with a pole sign to be placed in the traffic island.

The plan call for 71 parking spaces, about 20 more than required by city codes.

Originally proposed as a three-building site, the developer consolidated it to two. The first building will be the IHOP, with the second to be a Mattress Firm. However, the second building may be enlarged to house two businesses.

A representative for the developer said he hoped construction could start soon.

Seth Littrell can be reached at or 624-6623.


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