The Oak Ridge City Council on Monday approved a rezoning that could allow an Aldi grocery store on South Illinois Avenue, solar-powered pedestrian warning signs on Melton Lake Drive, and a program to rent bicycles and kayaks at Melton Lake Park.
The Aldi could open on about 1.4 acres in the Woodland Town Center near Panera Bread and Aubrey’s restaurant this fall.
The pedestrian signs, as well as new pavement markings, could be installed at three crosswalks at Amanda Drive, Emory Valley Road, and Rivers Run on Melton Lake Drive.
The work would be done under a roughly $38,000 contract to First Place Finish of Oak Ridge, which could start the project in April and be completed in four to six weeks. It would be paid for using money from a special programs fund set up for revenues from four red-light and speed enforcement camera systems in Oak Ridge.
The kayak and bike rental program would involve Adventures Outdoors of Oliver Springs. The company would use temporary space on Houseboat Row at Melton Lake Park as well as the bar area in the former New China Palace restaurant to rent and store the recreational equipment as part of a pilot program that could lead to a five-year lease agreement in December.
It’s the next step in implementing a waterfront development plan approved by Oak Ridge City Council in December 2009. That plan included key features such as a new picnic pavilion, walking trails, new playground, permanent restrooms, enhanced lighting and landscaping, outdoor casual dining, and recreational equipment rental.