It looks like a new restaurant will be coming to Paris soon, at the north end of Tyson Avenue where it meets East Wood Street.
Local developer Randy Crowder is planning to turn a private residence at the site into a restaurant, and he got a boost in his plans Thursday night when the Paris Municipal Regional Planning Commission approved rezoning a portion of the parcel he owns at 1008 E. Wood St. into PB (planned business). That area, backed by Currier Street on the north, has been in a residential zone.
“I really want to bring something good to this community,” Crowder said during the meeting. “This is such a good community, and it’s going to be a nice restaurant.”
Crowder said his brother-in-law is heavily involved in the project and plans for the restaurant to offer valet parking.
Crowder has owned that property for about 2-1/2 years but has not been living there. He has spent that time fixing it up.
The property is known by many Paris residents as the site where numerous traffic crashes have occurred in the past, with vehicles frequently running into a brick facade that fronts the house on the East Wood Street side.
The issue will go before the Paris Commission for consideration in October.
The city planners also approved a site plan for Tidal Wave Auto Spa, a car wash business that is planning to locate off Mineral Wells Avenue near the entrance to the Walmart Shopping Center.
The 1.2-acre site will have an entrance on the south side of the property and an exit on the north side. The approval is contingent upon getting an OK from Smith, Seckman and Reid, the third-party engineering firm involved in the project.
On a separate item, the planners voted to reclassify a large area off Fairgrounds Road as high density.
The change affects an area bordered by Wilson Street on the west, Royal Oak Drive on the east, Fairgrounds Road on the north and just south of Franklin Drive on the south.
GRANT TO UPGRADE INTERSECTION
The Paris Commission also met Thursday, approving a request to apply for a $1 million multimodal grant from the Tennessee Department of Transportation that would lead to major improvements in the area of Tyson and Mineral Wells Avenue and Veterans Drive.
City Manager Kim Foster said the grant would be a 90-10 match, meaning the city would need to put in $100,000 along with $900,000 from TDOT.
The project would provide upgrades to the Tyson/Mineral Wells/Veterans intersection, including placing high visibility crosswalks, curb ramps, pedestrian signals and refuge islands.
It would also include placing 3,000 feet of sidewalk from that intersection — the location of the big catfish sign welcoming people to Paris — south along Tyson all the way to the Henry County Extension Service office at 1120 Tyson Ave.
The city will also be building a sidewalk along Dale Street, which will provide an important connector to underserved neighborhoods.
In other business, the commission:
• Voted to approve $4,500 to be provided to the Carl Perkins Center for the Prevention of Child Abuse to allow it to move to a new location at 305 W. Washington St. The money will be for higher rent costs.
• Approved the purchase of a tract of land adjacent to the Paris-Henry County Landfill from current owners Waverly Wood. The city agreed to pay half the purchase cost, since it co-owns the landfill with the Henry County government.