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A rendering of the new Burger King to be built in Portland.

Burger King is coming to Portland. The city's Municipal-Regional Planning Commission approved site plans for the new restaurant Tuesday, June 11.

The 2,811 square-foot building will be located at the southwest corner of 301 Sandye Ave. and State Highway 52W across from the Dairy Queen Grill and Chill Restaurant.

A unique feature of the site will be 19,099 square feet of pervious concrete pavement, which retains the water under the concrete and allows it to percolate into the underlying soil. The use of the pervious concrete will eliminate the need for a retention pond.

The plans were prepared by Civil and Environmental Engineering Services, LLC from Nashville. The plans list the owner/applicant as Carrols LLC with Bob Storie of Syracuse, NY as being the contact person.

In other business, the board also approved a rezoning request for 118 Oak Hill Drive from RS-20 (Residential) to RM-1 (Multi-Family). The owner plans to build a duplex on the property.

In addition, City Planning and Codes Director Andrew Pieri discussed the possibility of setting up criteria for the historical preservation of some structures in Portland. He suggested a Certificate of Appropriateness be approved for structures which may be landmarks.

Pieri gave the example of using pink to paint a structure and if that were not a color of that time period of the construction of the structure, then it would not be approved. Another example was requesting to install vinyl windows, and if vinyl windows were not being used at the time the structure was built then that request would not be granted.

Pieri told the board that he was not referring to the National Registry criteria which would require a more intense approval. No votes were taken on the matter.

The Portland Zoning Board of Appeals (PZBA) meeting followed the planning commission meeting.

PZBA granted HCA/TriStar a sign variance for a new electronic sign at the facility in Portland.

Other new business was deferred until the next meeting.

In old business, the conditional use permit for a Retirement Rest Home located at 706 North Broadway recently granted to owner Don Fleming was rescinded because no permits had been requested. According to Pieri, Fleming verbally told him that he was not going to open the home.

All items approved by these boards must be approved at a meeting of the City of Portland Board of Mayor and Aldermen.

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