Capris Motel property subdivided

Property to be sold at auction on March 30
Mar. 05, 2013 @ 12:06 AM

The property that is the site of the Capri Motel, 4061 Parkway, has been subdivided and will be sold. The motel near the southern end of the Parkway operated for decades.

The Pigeon Forge Planning Commission approved the subdivision at its meeting this week. The four-acre tract is being divided into three parcels. The hotel is on the largest parcel, which faces the Parkway. The other parcels face River Road.

The sale at auction is set for March 30, noted auctioneer James Hatcher in an interview. "There's not that many tracts in Pigeon Forge that are four acres," he said.

The planning commission also approved several special events at the meeting, including Pigeon Forge Rod Run events scheduled for April 17-21 and Sept. 11-15.

The Pigeon Forge Rod Run, formerly known as the Grand Rod Run, will take place on the site of the Grand Resort Hotel, 3171 Parkway. The hotel is under new ownership.

"The new owners say it will open Sept. 1," Pigeon Forge Rod Run promoter Rod Milligan told the planning commissioners. "We hope they are open."

Commissioners also approved the Shades of the Past Rod Run, set for Sept. 4-8 at Dollywood's Splash Country.

Additionally, the commission approved a site plan submitted by Smoky Mountain Speedway, 3311 Parkway. An enclosed track will be built at the speedway, and an off-site parking lot on River Road will be improved.

The city's Community Development Director, David Taylor, noted that existing features at the speedway do not comply with city guidelines, including some banners and a car on top of a 40-foot pole. Taylor said that city staffers recommend approving the new site plan, as long as the banners and the car are removed.

The Board of Zoning Appeals, which met immediately after the planning commission, approved the offsite parking lot at Smoky Mountain Speedway.

The Board of Zoning Appeals also allowed homeowner Richard Myers to build a detached aluminum carport next to his Day Springs Road house. Board member and Vice Mayor Kevin McClure complimented Myers for bringing his carport plans to the board.

"Thank you for your honesty," McClure said.

"I've been that way my whole life," Myers said. "I don't believe in building something that may not be right. I like to get my ducks in a row."

The planning commission also approved:

- Smoky Mountain Fun Fest Parade, May 11 on the Parkway

- Smoky Mountain Marine Corps Fundraiser, April 18-22 in the Red Roof Mall parking lot

- Texas Roadhouse-St. Jude Walkathon/Rootin' for Regen, March 15, Patriot Park

- Running for Regen 5K, April 13, Riverstone Resort/Old Mill area

- Titanic Authors Week Book Signings, April 1-7

- Preliminary planned-use-development plan, Bear Cove Falls, Phase 1

- Waldens Landing-Heritage Carriage site plan

- Changes to the C-5 district regarding setbacks and signage

- Minor subdivision at Cove Creek Subdivision

- Revised site plan at Gateway Christian Church

- Rezoning from R-1, rural residential, to C-1, rural commercial, of a Wears Valley Road parcel

kburns@themountainpress.com