A storage units expansion and the proposed Chick-fil-A restaurant gained zoning variances in the latest session of the Corinth Board of Mayor and Aldermen.

The board approved a side yard set back reduction from 25 feet to 6 feet at 1825 Proper Street, where John B. Mitchell plans to add additional mini storage units near the Norfolk-Southern Railroad. New buildings of 20 feet by 80 feet and 30 feet by 110 feet are proposed, with the smaller one situated alongside the railroad property.

The board also approved the request for a side yard set back variance from 25 feet to 1 foot for the drive-thu canopies at the proposed Chick-fil-A location at the southwest corner of South Parkway Street and Highway 72 East. The applicant says the variance is needed because the parcel is an irregular, narrowly shaped rectangle.

The open-air canopies are designed to keep the drive-thru traffic moving, and the format has been critical for the restaurant during the pandemic by serving multiple vehicles simultaneously at the order and pickup points.

In other business:

n Aldermen gave approval to several requests associated with the upcoming Slugburger Festival.

In addition to a permit for temporary beer sales on July 9 and 10, the board gave approval to close the street in the area from the corner of Cruise and Fillmore streets to the corner of Jackson Street starting at 5 p.m. on those days. The four corners at court square will close for a car show with about 100 cars scheduled for 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 10. In order for the car show to set up, Main Street Director Angela Avent requested the street closure begin at 5 p.m. on Friday, July 9.

As part of the approval, the board requested she notify businesses in the court square area.

n The board reappointed Thad Fulghum to a seat on the Corinth Public Utilities Commission for a five-year term.

Staff Writer

Jebb Johnston is a 1991 Alcorn Central High School graduate and a 1995 Ole Miss journalism graduate. His primary beats are city and county government.

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