The Oak Ridge Municipal Planning Commission on Thursday will consider amending the city’s Land Use Plan to change the designation of more than two acres on busy South Illinois Avenue from residential to business, possibly to allow a small multi-tenant building to be constructed.
The two parcels being considered are sandwiched between two other recent developments—Weigels gas station and convenience store on one side and Aldi grocery on the other—and also near the new Aubrey’s restaurant, Panera Bread, Ole Ben Franklin Motors, and Bojangles’ restaurant.
A Nashville development group has a contract on the property, Oak Ridge Community Development Director Kathryn Baldwin said Monday.
The Planning Commission could consider rezoning the parcels in July. But any use of the property, which are between South Purdue Avenue and South Illinois Avenue in Woodland, requires a Land Use Plan amendment, she said.
One of the parcels, a 1.49-acre site, is owned by the Clifford Ernest R. Trust and (wife) Dolores M. Trust of Knoxville, according to state records. The second, at 0.8 acres, is owned by Central Park Development of Knoxville.
Thursday’s Planning Commission meeting starts at 5:30 p.m. in the Oak Ridge Municipal Building Courtroom, and it includes a public hearing.