VOL. 132 | NO. 173 | Thursday, August 31, 2017
Pinnacle Bank Seeks Variances for New Midtown Branch
By Patrick Lantrip
Pinnacle Bank is seeking a set of variances from the Memphis and Shelby County Board of Adjustment to construct a new branch at the corner of Union Avenue and Rozelle Street.
According to its application, Pinnacle wants to build a 4,172-square-foot bank with drive-thru service at 1651 Union Ave., a property that has remained vacant since the former Sean’s Café burned down last year.
Because the project falls under the Midtown Overlay portion of the Unified Development Code, the bank must seek variances with the Board of Adjustment for the orientation of the drive-thru, an alternative streetscape layout and the use of a 20-foot setback.
“The drive-thru will operate far less (often) than many of the other nearby fast food restaurants with drive-thru lanes adjacent to the residential zones, with the proposed schedule being from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and closed Saturday and Sunday,” Brendan Boles with Kimley-Horn and Associates Inc., who is representing Pinnacle, said in a letter of intent to the Office of Planning and Development.
A similar variance request to bring a Domino’s with a drive-thru to the nearby corner of Union Avenue and Rembert Street was delayed for 30 days at last month’s Board of Adjustment meeting after it was hotly contested by neighbors.
In that case, residents on Rembert who opposed the project argued against the delay, saying they had a strong case and would still be opposed to any plans that call for a drive-thru, but the board ultimately felt it was best to give the developers more time to work through their plans.
Pinnacle’s case will be heard at the board’s meeting Sept. 27.