Margaritaville: Board approves subdivision agreement for free-standing Margaritas restaurant

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By Bill Short

The Millington Board of Mayor and Aldermen has unanimously approved a Subdivision Development Agreement for construction of a free-standing building to house the Margaritas restaurant.
Board members took the action during their Aug. 10 regular monthly meeting on a motion offered by Alderman Don Lowry and seconded by Alderman Mike Caruthers.
The Margaritas restaurant in Millington is currently located in Suite 112 of the shopping center at 8507 Highway 51 North.
Its new building will be constructed on a 1.26-acre lot owned by Jose Flores in the southeast corner of the intersection of Copper Creek Drive and Creek Mill Road. The lot is zoned B-2, General Commercial.
At its July 20 meeting, the Millington Municipal Planning Commission unanimously approved a Site Plan submitted for the new building. 
Charles Goforth, planning consultant for the city, told the commission that the 6,655-square-foot building will be “pretty much identical” to the one that is in Munford.
It will be west of the Dairy Queen and face the Holiday Inn Express & Suites.
Goforth said the restaurant’s parking lot will “more than exceed” the city’s requirements.
But he noted that the intersection must be “reconstructed” to comply with the Americans With Disabilities Act. And he said Creek Mill Road will have to be widened “all along the frontage,” with curbs, gutters and sidewalks installed.
Goforth said the building’s color will be similar to the existing one.
The commission approved the Site Plan, with the following conditions:
(1) Work with the engineer to resolve details and issues on the engineering plans;
(2) Add a low hedge to the landscaping plans; and
(3) Submit an exterior lighting plan for review by the city staff.
Goforth noted that the exterior of the existing building has lanterns that shine outward. He said the new building should have lights that shine down on the sidewalk.
He also said the site should have a “specific landscape screen” that includes trees and a low hedge when cars are parked right next to the road.
Goforth acknowledged that other conditions could be added, based on the building elevation.
The total subdivision bond amount of $45,612 must be approved by the board prior to its release.
The $11,083 in public improvements will consist of water and sewer development fees, a water tap and sewer connection fee and an inspection fee. 
Goforth said that cost will include 6 percent for inflation and a bond of $650 for street lights.
Millington requires a developer to pay the cost of installing street lights on the property. But the city is already contracted with Memphis Light, Gas & Water to install them on Creek Mill Road.
So, in this case, Goforth said Flores will be expected to pay for their installation on his “portion” of Copper Creek Drive.