The Plaza surrounding the historic Campbell Station Inn is officially under construction, and expectations are high that it will be completed by mid-2020.
The grounds around the Inn have been graded, and workers from subcontractor Al Blankenship Enterprises have been busy digging trenches where footers will be poured, laying the foundation for planned retention walls that will lead to the Plaza’s planned circular-tiered and raised park alongside the Inn.
“We hope The Plaza will see activity by late next summer,” said Farragut Park & Recreation director Sue Stuhl.
When completed, the nearly two-acre property also will offer a second larger and flatter park behind the Inn, a paver-topped parking area and two new park entrances amid heavy landscaping and tree-lined sidewalks and walking trails.
New restroom facilities will be constructed on the back side of the property.
In an earlier interview, Stuhl noted, “The big flat open lawn will be good for small festivals or small special events. The Circle Plaza area, we are thinking, could be used for a lot of different things or special events, too.
“It will be a very attractive entrance to our Town, and when it’s finished that corner is really going to look pretty,” she added. “The house (which has undergone extensive renovations over the last two years) looks beautiful now, and this project will compliment that.”
The entrances to The Plaza will right-in and right-out only, from both Campbell Station Road
and Kingston Pike, and will be shared with White Realty, which owns the Village Green Shopping Center.
This is the third phase of the Campbell Station Inn Park project, which began after the historic home was purchased by the Town in 2012. The first phase included a master site plan and asbestos abatement, while the second Phase involved stabilizing and repairing the Inn.
The current phase was initially estimated to cost around $500,000, but bids came in higher than expected, and earlier
this year the cost of $660,000 was approved by the Board of Mayor and Aldermen.
A fourth phase, which would complete renovations to the
Inn and grounds, would finish out the project in a time frame that has yet to be determined.