PHOTO: Documents submitted to Spring Hill show the design of the proposed Chili’s restaurant. / Photo courtesy of the city of Spring Hill
By ALEXANDER WILLIS
In what was an unusually shorter meeting, the Spring Hill Planning Commission approved only a handful of development projects during their September voting meeting on Monday.
While the meeting saw the usual fare of residential development, one project that saw approval was of particular community interest – a new Chili’s Grill & Bar, proposed to be built where the now closed O’Charley’s restaurant now stands in the Crossings shopping district.
Chili’s / 5,125 square-foot restaurant
Submitted by Freeland and Kauffman Inc., plans for a new Chili’s Grill & Bar were reviewed Monday night by the Spring Hill Planning Commission.
At a proposed 5,125 square feet, the restaurant is planned to be constructed at 2000 Crossing Circle, where the now-closed O’Charley’s restaurant currently sits. The plans call for the existing building to be demolished, after which the Chili’s will be constructed on the site.
The submitted documents say the restaurant will sit 194 people and be constructed from a mix of brick, stucco, stone and HardiBoard. The expected date the restaurant will be open for business is currently unknown.
During the previous nonvoting meeting, Commissioner Matt Fitterer brought up several concerns regarding the building’s design, most notably the materials that were proposed to be used, which went against city development guidelines.
After having taken Fitterer’s feedback in August, the applicant had since submitted modified plans that addressed the issue, with Fitterer praising the applicant for their quick response.
Ultimately, the Planning Commission unanimously approved Freeland and Kauffman Inc.’s request Monday night for site plan approval.
Crooked Creek Section 3 Phase 3 / 18 single-family lots
Submitted by WES Engineers & Surveyors, this project is a phase of the Crooked Creek subdivision development, located east of Port Royal Road and north of Rice Road.
A concept plan for Crooked Creek was approved by the city all the way back in 2015, with this third phase of development consisting of 18 single-family lots.
The Planning Commission unanimously approved WES Engineers & Surveyors’ request Monday for preliminary plat approval.
Harvest Point Phase 8B / 17 single-family homes
Submitted by S&ME, Inc., Harvest Point Phase 8B is a phase of the Harvest Point subdivision development proposed to be constructed on the east side of Cleburne Road, just south of Beechcroft Road.
This phase of development is proposed to include 17 single-family homes, and will include five foot sidewalks on both sides of the internal streets.
S&ME, Inc.’s request for preliminary plat approval was ultimately approved by the commission Monday night.
Villas at Port Royal / 85 townhomes
Submitted by Crunk Engineering LLC, the Villas at Port Royal is townhome community proposed to be constructed at the intersection of Port Royal Road and Rice Road, just north of Kedron Road.
Spanning over an area of 11.86 acres, the development would see the construction of 85 townhomes. The internal streets of the development have plans for five foot sidewalks, and are proposed to be open for public traversal. A central open space is also included in the proposal, which would house a gazebo.
Crunk Engineering LLC’s request for neighborhood concept plan approval was ultimately approved Monday night.