Planning Commission Sends Case Involving Move Of Tennessee Temple On To City Council

Monday, April 14, 2014
Those at recent community meeting included County Commissioner Greg Beck
Those at recent community meeting included County Commissioner Greg Beck

The Planning Commission on Monday sent a plan for the move of Tennessee Temple University to the suburbs on to the City Council.

The Regional Planning Agency staff had recommended a delay for further traffic studies relating to the two-lane Standifer Gap and Hickory Valley roads.

Tennessee Temple hopes to relocate to a 163-acre tract owned by Woodland Park Baptist Church by next year.

Architect Steve Carroll said the school is down to 344 students, but hopes to have 800 without 15 years and 1,100 in 25 years.

He said the project should have minimal impact on traffic - much less than if a large number of homes or apartments are built at the site.

The students would initially meet in church classroom space and a single academic building that would be built along with one dorm.

Jan Pass, civil engineer, said the church earlier put in the necessary infrastructure.

There have been two public meetings with the community, it was stated.

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