Planning Commission, Aug. 4, 2015


Lumpkin Development will expand its Metro Mini Storage buildings into vacant property it purchased from Grainger.

Members took time before hearing a straightforward resurvey case to discuss tricky procedural questions related to the ongoing review of the EconoLodge property, whose owner is asking for code exemptions to build a new and controversial motel on the site. A two-week extension granted at the July 30 review seemed to set the next hearing within the next 7 days, but a misunderstanding ensued on whether the 14 days should be added from the July 30 meeting or to the 21-day deadline extending from the application filing on  July 17.

The extension was granted while review officials decided if the proposed renovations would force the entire EconoLodge property to be rebuilt to the new and dramatically different appearance standards of the West Homewood District. Confusion over procedure, deadlines, and code regulations have been the norm since the EconoLodge application was filed. Significant amendments have already been proposed by the commission; the city attorney has added more changes this week.

Members present: Mike Brandt, Billy Higginbotham, chairman, Jeffery Foster, Fred Hawkins, Battalion Chief Nickolas Hill, and James Riddle.

Members absent: Fred Azbik, James Ponseti, and Mark Woods.

Staff attendance: Donna Bridges, commission secretary; Greg Cobb, manager, Engineering, Planning & Zoning Department, and city engineer and zoning staff Vanessa McGrath,

Audience attendance: 2

Carried over minutes of the June 2, 2015 meeting: Mr. Riddle hadn’t gotten his emailed copy.


The commission allowed new owner Lumpkin Development to subdivide a portion of Lot 2 it purchased for an expansion.

Approved a lot resurvey for a mini-storage facility expansion on Oxmoor Road. Lumpkin Development, which owns and manages industrial park and storage properties in Jefferson and Shelby counties, is purchasing vacant land from Grainger Industrial Supply at 185 West Oxmoor Road with plans to add more units to its adjacent Metro Mini-storage facility, at 175 Oxmoor Road. In discussion, Lumpkin representative Jonathan Denton said he is asking for a property line to be moved to reflect the enlarged lot. The purchased property would allow the storage business an access point off Snow Drive. There are no plans to bring water or sewer service to the property, Mr. Denton said.


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