On the heels of a many-months-long, contentious wrangle with the developer of south Mt. Juliet's Starbucks, a top level city official said it's on track to open end of December.
After failed negotiations and stop work orders from the city to developer Boyle Investments to convince them to provide another access to the south Mt. Juliet strip mall, District 4 City Commissioner Brian Abston said Boyle has finally submitted the agreed-to bridge access design and TDEC (Department of Environment & Conservation) has accepted it.
"They are now waiting on the Corps of Engineers for final approvals, and we do not foresee any problems with that," Abston said.
The construction plans have also been submitted to the city for review and appear to be "workable." Public works officials have to fully review the plans, however. Once they do, and approve, the bridge will be constructed.
Also planned for this strip center are Moe's Southwest Grille, China One, Supercuts and Edible Arrangements. Edible Arrangements was allowed to open because of low traffic flow for this business.
Abston said Moe's is also on track to open the end of December along with the Starbucks.
As part of the agreement with Boyle, Super Cuts and China One are pending until after the bridge is fully constructed.
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