Subdivisions on NARC campus approved

By Thomas Wilson

   Elizabethton Regional Planning Commission gave the go-ahead to three future developments along West Elk Avenue at Tuesday night's commission meeting.
   Planning commissioners voted 5-0 with Manual Bandarra and Haynes Elliott absent to give site plan and final subdivision plat approval for a 10-lot subdivision on the western end of the North American Rayon Corp. building.
   Representing the property owners, Robert Reedy of Reedy & Sykes said North American Research and Development, LH, Inc. and Doe River Express - a revived company affiliated with North American Rayon Corp. - owned the property.
   "Our plans are to provide all storm sewer, sanitary sewer and street repairs to the (property)," Reedy said.
   The subdivision plat approval was contingent on the submission of a performance bond to the city covering the proposed infrastructure improvements to the property. Reedy estimated the bond at roughly $550,000. He said the companies had not submitted the bond with the plat.
   City Director of Planning and Development David Ornduff told commissioners that he expected to receive the bond later this week. He said approving the subdivision with the bond contingency would expedite the development.
   "It will help them to proceed and go forward on this development," he said.
   Planners also voted 5-0 to grant site plan approval to James T. Pepper and YDP Investment Properties to develop a .98-acre tract on the former NARC property near the Hudson Drive/West Elk Avenue intersection. Reedy, who also spoke on behalf of Pepper, said developers planned to build a Captain D's Restaurant on the location located to the west of the future Wal-Mart Supercenter store.
   Developers purchased the property from North American Research and Development, Inc. in February for $400,000.
   In other business, the commission by a 5-0 vote approved the final subdivision plat of property located on Daniel Lane and Aspen Drive. Submitted by Arthur and Sarah Miller, the subdivision request expanded five lots into two larger lots.