Site plan approval clears way to build 35-unit apartment complex

Approval of a site plan clears the way for work to begin on a 35-unit apartment complex in Dickson. The Dickson Planning Commission approved the plan for the Piney Fork Apartments Tuesday night and Planning and Zoning Director Jason Pilkinton said the developers hope to start grading work soon. Britt Smith and Michael Twyman plan to build the new apartments at the intersection of Bar-B-Que and Cowan roads. The plans submitted to the city show a three-story building with 12 apartments and a three-story building with 23 apartments. The owners told the planning commission the exterior will be 70 percent hardy plank siding and 30 percent rock and brick. The site includes a bio-retention pond and pretreatment area in the triangle of the intersection and entrances off both Bar-B-Que and Cowan roads. Most of the discussion at Tuesday night’s meeting concerned the number and location of handicapped parking spaces. Danny Wamble of Wamble and Associates, the Nashville-based civil engineering firm for the project, said the complex will have three Americans with Disabilities Act-compliant units, which means it would be required to have three handicapped-accessible parking spaces. Wamble said the project will have four handicapped spaces on the Bar-B-Que Road side of the complex and it would be more difficult to locate spaces on the north side because of the grade for a handicapped access route to the buildings. Wamble also said the complex would be required to have a minimum of 1.8 parking spaces per unit but is designed with 2.2 spaces per apartment. “We like it when minimum requirements are exceeded,” commission member John Reynolds said. Planning Adviser Brian Collins said he has asked the developer for a detailed landscaping plan and proposals for signage. Pilkinton asked the commission to approve the site plan contingent on submission of those proposals before issuing a building permit because the developers want to get started with grading work on the 2.41-acre site. With one member absent and one position vacant following last month’s resignation of Ed Moore, the commission unanimously passed Kerry Pruett’s motion to approve the site plan. The developers did not say when they expect Piney Fork Apartments to begin construction or a planned opening date.