The request was approved by the planning Commission as approved by the Planning Department

Two acres of Property at State Street and Bybee Avenue adjacent to the Tier 1 development site of the new surgical center project in Cookeville was approved for rezoning Thursday Evening by the Cookeville City Council.

The first reading approval sets the stage for the property to be rezoned from “Single-Family Residential” (RS-10) to “Regional Commercial” (CR). Tim Vaughn of Tier1 on behalf of Paul Bybee submitted the request. Vaughn said any required buffers from residential housing would be provided to “alleviate any impact.”

“The request was submitted to allow for expansion of the Tier 1 site to include parking if that’s needed,” said Cookeville Community Development Director Jon Ward. “The current property owner Mr. Paul Bybee also owns the property at 475 Bybee Avenue (adjacent to the east).”

On April 1, 2022, Tier 1 purchased 7.21 acres of land worth $1M directly behind Ashley and adjacent to Kohls. At the time, it was reported a total project price tag of $20M. The facility fills a need for patients with musculoskeletal conditions by providing a “high-quality, cost-effective option for outpatient surgery.” If the original timeline holds, and that looks promising, the surgical center should be in operation in late 2024 or early 2025. 

The request was approved by the planning Commission as approved by the Planning Department. Following a motion to approval by councilman Chad Gilbert and a second by Vice Mayor Luke Eldridge, the council approved the request unanimously.

Photo via the City of Cookeville.

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