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New restaurant to be built on Historic Town Square



The Collierville Board of Mayor and Aldermen approved a preliminary site plan for a new, two-story restaurant at 70 N. Main at the southeast corner of Town Square.
Board members unanimously approved the 5,876-square-foot restaurant Monday night during their regularly scheduled meeting.
The property is within the central business district and is the former site of the Rayburn Hotel, which was built in 1872 but destroyed in a fire in 1986.
Nancy Boatwright, assistant town planner, called the proposed restaurant “very exciting.”
“This is the first new building in downtown Collierville in a very long time,” she said.
The 33-foot tall building will almost completely cover the entire .105-acre lot since there are no yard setbacks, no minimum lot sizes and no maximum floor area ratio.
The first floor of the building will consist of a kitchen and seating areas. Total seating for the restaurant will be around 96. There will be an elevator to the second floor, which will be used for overflow seating.
The proposed landscaping includes foundation plantings around the south and west sides of the building with evergreens, ornamental grasses, perennials and seasonal color.
A new ramp and sidewalk are proposed along Main Street and will necessitate the removal of tow existing parking spaces. Currently there are 12 parking spaces running north from the southern-most parking space.
Trash enclosures are proposed along the alley and will also support any proposed remodeling for McGinnis Service Station.
The project architect is Jeff Blackledge.
In related news:
Board members approved the $1.34 million street repaving list for 2016. Several roads in Almadale Farms, Lakes of Forest Hill, Estanaula Trails, Halle Plantation, Southridge, Winwood Farms and Oakmont will be repaved.

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