The City’s Board of Zoning Appeals has set a hearing for December 21st that may determine whether the transaction is finalized. Tractor Supply Company is a major provider of home, lawn, garden and livestock supplies.
A lease contract is currently being written with Five Star grocery. They own the site Tractor Supply Company is interested in occupying. Completion of that lease, however, is contingent upon approval by the BZA for a special use permit.
Under Knox city ordinance, land zoned C-2 – which in this case is the site under consideration – can only use 15 to 25-percent of the company’s gross floor space for outdoor storage.
Due to Tractor Supply Company’s relatively large use of outdoor space for equipment storage, a special use permit is being requested.
If approved, Tractor Supply Company is anticipated to conduct some renovation work to the inside of the retail site.
Officials with the City of Knox expect the work will take a couple of months with a possible opening sometime in the spring.