IHOP, Sprint look­ing to lo­cate in Cov­ing­ton

The Covington News - - FRONT PAGE - DANIELLE EVER­SON deverson@cov­news.com

Cov­ing­ton res­i­dents may soon get a gift of pan­cakes and cell phones as an IHOP restau­rant and Sprint wire­less store are ex­pected to come to the area.

The Cov­ing­ton City Coun­cil unan­i­mously ap­proved sub­di­vid­ing a por­tion of the Cov­ing­ton Walmart’s park­ing lot for com­mer­cial use so that the two busi- nesses could lo­cate there, near the in­ter­sec­tion of In­dus­trial Boule­vard and Ga. High­way 142.

Plan­ning Di­rec­tor Randy Vin­son told the coun­cil that a por­tion of Walmart’s park­ing lot, lo­cated across from McDon­ald’s, is be­ing sold off by Walmart to The Tril­ogy Group for a pro­posed IHOP restau­rant and Sprint store.

Vin­son said if the pro­posed project goes through, con­struc­tion is ex­pected to hap­pen quickly.

“They were just email­ing us this morn­ing, and they want to be­gin break­ing ground im­me­di­ately,” Vin­son said.

City Se­nior Plan­ner Scott Gaither said the par­cel of 1.47 acres of land would be sub­di­vided for the pro­posed project.

“Our or­di­nance re­quires that any time there is a sub­di­vi­sion of land it has to be ap­proved by the mayor and the coun­cil and that’s what this step was,” Gaither said. “In or­der for them to present their plans to get per­mits to start con­struc­tion, part of the process was to sub­di­vide this tract of land so that they would have their own par­cel of land.”

David Shana­han, devel­op­ment part­ner with The Tril­ogy Group, said the deal is still in the works and the com­pany is try­ing to close on the prop­erty within the next week. He de­clined to pro­vide fur­ther de­tails un­til the deal closed.

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