UPDATE: The planning commission voted to allow Publix in the St. Elmo community. This is according to the Chattanoogan.

Commissioners approved a variance that will allow a Publix to be built. 

Four commissioners voted against the proposal, but the commission has the final say on variance requests.

The man representing Publix, Mike Price, said there will be a pavilion area at the corner of Broad Street and St. Elmo Avenue where the Riverwalk will pass through.  

PREVIOUS STORY: The developer of a proposed high-end grocery store in St. Elmo is trying to reach a compromise with city planners.

Channel 3 spoke to Mike Price of MAP Engineers, who represents the developer of the store.

Currently, the rule is that a building under that zone cannot be larger than 12,000 square feet.

The proposed grocery store is over 32,000 square feet.

“We are listening to the community and addressing the concerns that have been raised about the site while balancing the needs of the prospective grocer and retail shops that are interested in being a part of this development on south Broad,” Price says. “Through conversations with Regional Planning Agency staff, we are working on improving the current design to move forward under the Urban General Commercial zone and we think will meet the expectations of all parties involved.”

Price tells us they are seeking a variance that will give them permission to drop the rezoning request.

They will meet with the commission on July 9.

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