Inn Phase III begins with $161,000

With Farragut Board of Mayor and Aldermen having awarded the construction contract in November for Phase II of the Campbell Station Inn project, the Board now is preparing for Phase III.

During its meeting Thursday, Feb. 8, the Board voted unanimously to approve a $161,000 contract with Brewer Ingram Fuller Architects Inc., to begin the next phase of improvements to Campbell Station Inn, also known as the Avery-Russell House, at the corner of Kingston Pike and North Campbell Station Road.

“As you know we are just beginning the stabilization of the building [the house] at this point,” said Darryl Smith, Town engineer.

This next phase includes construction of a small park, a parking lot, a restroom facility and perimeter streets around the Campbell Station Inn property and leading into Village Green shopping center, which is owned by White Realty, Smith said.

“Our agreement with White Realty requires that the Town construct the perimeter streets immediately after stabilization efforts,” he added.

The $161,000 contract cost includes fees of sub-consultants, McGill Associates for engineering and Ross/Fowler, P.C., as landscape architects, he added.

“The staff has reviewed the concept plan in several iterations over the last several months,” Smith said. “We’re very pleased with this … the staff recommends awarding the contract.”

Alderman Louise Povlin, who made the motion to approve the contract, asked about a circular part of the elevation.

“When you look at the property, that sits down a little bit lower than the rest, are they going to grade that?” she asked.

“That will be regarded to some extent,” Smith replied. “Right now, we only have the concept.”

“Do we think we are going to lose some trees out of that?” Povlin asked.

“Uh, I dare say we will,” Smith said. “In order to get the symmetry they are looking for — I’m guessing here — it will require trees of similar [maturity] … they’re not all the same maturity.”

“We talked about the roads and the park,” Vice Mayor Ron Pinchok said. “There are a lot of trees drawn on [the concept plan]. Are we planning all those trees?”

“That’s correct,” Smith said, then added, “Now again, this is just a concept plan, so there will be changes as we go along.”

Alderman Bob Markli noted the existing trees are not shown on the concept plan.

“These are all trees that are going to be added as part of the [plan]?” he asked.

“That’s correct,” Smith said.

However, Smith said the idea is to try to save the trees closer to Kingston Pike as much as the crews can.

Pinchok observed the location of the old dairy barn, which is being demolished, will be graded.

Smith said that vacant spot is designated as a future phase.

“There may be a Town building in the future,” he said. “For this phase, it will simply be an open field.”