Gazebo, parking plan approved by PBA

Dec. 12, 2012 @ 12:30 AM

Coming next year to downtown Sevierville, maybe: A gazebo.

On Monday, city codes enforcement officer Butch Stott presented the city's Public Building Authority with plans for remodeling the parking lot at Bruce Street at Court Avenue. The design incorporates 77 parking spaces and a grassy area surrounding a gazebo.

The authority approved the design.

"There could be a lot of weddings there, and that's good," said Stott of the gazebo. The authority met at the Sevierville Golf Club.

The parking lot was designed with events like Bloomin Barbeque & Bluegrass in mind. Water and electricity will be available at the site.

The new lot is slated to cost between $334,000 and $342,000. If bidding and construction proceed as planned, the lot should be usable by May 1. The next Bloomin' Barbeque & Bluegrass is May 17-18.

After Bloomin' Barbecue & Bluegrass, the lot will receive finishing touches including a top coat of pavement, striping and landscaping.

The Public Building Authority also heard from Custom Craftsman Sign's Zank Zahnke, who presented a design concept for a sign advertising the Sevierville Convention Center and the Sevierville Golf Club. The sign would sit on Winfield Dunn Parkway at Gists Creek Road.

The sign would be 19 feet wide and 25 feet high. To match design elements at the development, the sign would incorporate stone columns and stucco surfaces. The sign also would include an electronic message area.

Zahnke estimated that the sign would cost $300,000.

The board approved a motion authorizing Custom Craftsman to develop specifications for the sign.

kburns@themountainpress.com