On Monday evening the East Ridge Planning Commission voted to rezone property less than a block from Ringgold Road to allow a business next door to utilize the house for the owner’s real estate business.
Kenny Custer, the city’s Director of Community Services, told board members that the property owner, Wade Trammel, runs his real estate business in the house next door to the subject property at 1509 East Ridge Avenue. That house – which is zoned commercial – is the first house on East Ridge Avenue directly behind Smart Bank. Custer said the owner wants the rezoning so he can potentially allow clients of his real estate business who may come in overnight to stay in the house. Custer said the owner has no plans to rent the house on any kind of regular basis.
Board member Larry Sewell asked Custer if the owner had any desire to turn the property into a short-term vacation rental unit. Custer said it would not be permitted under current zoning.
The motion to rezone the property from R-1 Residential to C-2 Commercial District was approved unanimously by the board.
In the only other business before the planning commission, members approved plat signing for the new Jack’s Family Restaurant at 4209 Ringgold Road and 3.19 acres at 322 Scruggs Road for Northwest Fruit Health Subdivision.
Officials said the plat signing for the Scruggs Road property does not include any plans to build homes or a subdivision. The city once considered the Scruggs Road property as the site for East Ridge Fire Department’s Fire Hall No. 2. That deal never came to fruition.