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Mt. Juliet Planning commission addresses changes at Martin’s BBQ

Kenny Howell

Managing Editor

A change to the front of the Martin’s BBQ building caused the representatives to go back in front of the Mt. Juliet planning commission Thursday. 

Martin’s BBQ recently put up red galvanized panels around their outdoor seating area, which is on the front part of the building. In the plans that were approved by the planning commission, the area just had a screen around the area. 

“Someone should have known this was a major change to the front of the façade,” said Planning Commission Chairman Luke Winchester. 

Both parties agreed that it was just a misunderstanding, and Patrick Martin said there was no malicious intent on putting up the panels. Suggestions to fix the problem included doing brick around the outside, or matching what Martin has at his Nolensville store. There, the panels are black at the top, and the screen goes to the ground. He said the reason he added the panels in Mt. Juliet was because they have to replace the screens frequently due to them being damaged. 

Mayor Ed Hagerty said that before the panels were put up, the building was one of the best on that side of town. 

“Now, it’s the ugliest in Mt. Juliet,” said Hagerty. 

Hagerty was upset because City of Mt. Juliet staff didn’t recognize the problem and take care of it before Martin’s had put the panels up. He said they were having to pay city staff overtime now to deal with this issue. 

Both sides agreed that if he matched what was done at the Nolensville store, he could go ahead and get opened up this week as he had planned. The issue would have to be taken care of in a certain number of days to be determined by the City staff. 

In other action, the planning commission approved a relocation of a house located at 517 Hunting Hills to 109 Faulkner Lane, an annexation of a property on Clemmons Road which could be the home for a future church, and preliminary master development plan for Tuscan Gardens, located on Curd Road. The neighborhood will have a large clubhouse and pool. 

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