Murfreesboro Planning Commission to vote on Gateway liquor store sign restrictions

An aerial map shows the proposed site for the gas station, convenience store and commercial space along Medical Center Parkway and Silohill Lane.

The Murfreesboro Planning Commission approved the resubmitted initial design review for a 24,658 square-foot commercial center and gas station to be built along Medical Center Parkway and Silohill Lane among other proposals for the city’s Gateway district.

The project, which includes the addition of a 10,000 square-foot liquor store, was deferred by the commission in June so that the developers could work to address some concerns about window signage and shelving.

At last Wednesday’s meeting, Project Planner Margaret Ann Green reminded the commission that the client had agreed to meet the “most restrictive” signage guidelines found within the GDO-3 zoning classification. She also confirmed that no shelving would be allowed to line the windows.

A set of “restrictive covenants” was presented by City Attorney Jeff Reed to address the issues with signage and lighting.

“If there was a violation of any of the terms of these restrictions, not only would the owners on the property have a right to enforce them and the tenants have the right to enforce them, but the city of Murfreesboro can enforce them as well,” Reed said.

The two buildings on the site have their own restrictions. Neither the convenience store in Building No. 1 nor liquor store in Building No. 2 will be allowed to put up display signs within the windows of their respective buildings. No marketing or advertising signs will be allowed on the outside of either building with the exception of the business’ name.

Reed reiterated that window liquor store shelving that is visible from Medical Center Parkway will not be permitted.

The restrictions would automatically renew every 50 years, according to Reed.

The commission was advised by Assistant City Attorney David Ives to defer approving the covenants so that the city’s legal team could review the drafted document to add beer and tobacco stores to the list of retailers included in the signage restrictions at the request of the commission.

The document will be presented again at final design review for approval.

Councilman Rick LaLance made the motion to approve the initial site review, which was seconded and voted up by four members of the commission.

Vice Chair Ken Halliburton was not in attendance, and Commissioner Jamie Averwater opted to abstain from general discussion of the item as well as the vote.

The commission also unanimously approved the initial design review for a 9,567 square-foot expansion to the Rooms To Go furniture store at 2846 Medical Center Parkway.

The expansion of the 38,053 square-foot building was requested to bring shoppers an outdoor patio furniture area. The expansion also proposes additional parking.

It will be the first location in Tennessee to include a main store, a kids furniture area and a patio furniture area on the same site, according to RTG Vice President of Real Estate Nick Roth.

The commission also approved the initial design review for a 23,610 square-foot office and gym space to be situated along Conference Center Boulevard and Avenue Way. The offices spaces will be housed in a three-story building that connects to the one-story gym anticipated to be occupied by D1 Training.

Bob Parks Realty is expected to occupy at least two of the three floors in the office space.

Public hearings for two annexation petitions, three zoning requests and one street design revision were rescheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 3.