Southaven Aldermen on Tuesday night approved a plan to revise the design of two Whataburger restaurants in Mississippi’s third largest city, one announced earlier with fanfare, and the second that has yet to be otherwise recognized by city or restaurant officials.
The approval was part of the planning program on the council agenda for the regular council meeting at town hall, a session that lasted just over half an hour.
The approvals were for the one previously announced on Goodman Road, where the vacant TGIFriday restaurant building now sits.
The other site is for a location along Getwell Road, just south of Chick-fil-A restaurant, near Goodman Road East. Alderman approved the restaurant designs by a 6-0 vote, with Alderman Joel Gallagher not attending Tuesday’s meeting.
During Tuesday’s agenda item discussion, Mayor Darren Mussewhite indicated that as the popular burger franchise grows, it is an honor for Southaven that she would consider the city to open. two new franchises in the Mid-South before any other in the metropolitan area.
“It says a lot about our city that we are the first to open the Memphis market and that they are now setting up in two locations,” noted Musselwhite.
Alderman George Payne asked a question about whether the traffic was dealt with before Tuesday’s vote. Planning director Whitney Choat-Cook said there had been discussions about this for both sites.
“Obviously there was a fear of going in and out on Malco Boulevard,” Choat-Cook said. “I had to explain to the Planning Commission that this is an MDOT road and that we do not control the traffic lights. They have a traffic light separation requirement, but we are considering an additional light on Moore Drive at Airways. ”
Regarding the Getwell site, Choat-Cook said the traffic pattern would be similar to that of Chick-fil-A at its new restaurant in Getwell.
“We have two lanes just like Chick-fil-A with an escape route on the outside, so there is a way around it,” Choat-Cook said. “There is also an entry / exit so the stacking does not go onto Getwell Road.”
Musselwhite pointed out that it’s the traffic that really attracts businesses to an area, so while it can sometimes become a burden on drivers, restaurants want to be there.
“To get developments like this, they come because of the traffic,” Musselwhite said. “They want to be in the middle of the traffic and that’s proven by the business model. Both locations will be doing well in Southaven.
The city will seek funding as part of the US bailout, passed by Congress and signed by President Joe Biden.
“There are a lot of moving parts to this,” Musselwhite said. “We have a pretty good idea of what qualifies and we will present the priority list to the board of directors because you will decide where the money goes. “
The mayor said a recommendation would be developed for consideration by the board. Musselwhite warned that the actual amount will not be what was originally planned, although he did not specify a specific amount.
“The amount is about half of what we were told it was going to be initially,” he said. “We will establish a priority list and present it to the board of directors. ”
In another action, a memorandum of understanding was approved with the Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) that would allow the department to use the Storm Shelter building next to the Southaven Arena as a COVID vaccination site. -19.
MSDH offered vaccines in the Landers Center parking lot, but sought an indoor site with the hot summer weather ahead.
The agreement is for a year and can be terminated by either party at any time, although the ministry is expected to only need it for a few months.
A revised usage policy for city-owned facilities, such as the Southaven Arena or Snowden Grove or the Greenbook Fields, has been approved.
For example, the Snowden Grove and Greenbrook fields could be leased at $ 100 per 90 minutes if the fields are not being used for other purposes.
Rental fees for the Snowden House, arena and new soccer fields were also approved. Money from the rent from fields that were sodded would be put on deposit in the hope that the funds would help replace sod when needed.
Details of the rental agreement and schedule can be found in the meeting file found on the official website City of Southaven website.
Another “Southaven – Top of Mississippi” sign welcoming visitors to the city is being constructed at the north entrance to Getwell Road, near Stateline Road. However, for this to happen, a small plot of land now owned by a private owner will need to be purchased for this to happen.
Musselwhite requested approval to negotiate with the owner to purchase the small lot where the brick panel would be built, one similar to the others, such as I-55 entering the city from the south.
“We have money in the budget for this, but I need permission to buy the easement up to $ 20,000, so we can negotiate this with a private owner,” Mussewhite said. “We have to buy the land from Getwell and Stateline to build this sign.”
The aldermen approved Musselwhite’s authorization to purchase the land.