Planning Commission approves wedding venue

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By Jamison Hooks

staff writer

Steve and Carol Britt along with Sherry Pellegrino attended the Morgan County Planning Commission meeting in order to request conditional use approval to operate an Event Facility at 1651 Mergendollar Road.

The facility will be located on 18.84 acres of land, and will be used as a wedding facility.

Sherry Pellegrino addressed the Commission and explained her plans for the property.

Pellegrino advised that Lantern Hall, a 1,200 square foot metal building is where she plans to host wedding receptions.

Pellegrino advised that the structure was beautifully renovated by its previous owner with exposed brick, chandeliers, and lanterns.

“We estimate that Lantern Hall could hold up to 150 people,” explained Pellegrino.

The property also hosts two separate structures for the bride and groom to prepare for the wedding in.

Staff members Tara Cooner and Chuck Jarrell informed the Commission that five homes are in the surrounding area, the closest of which being 1,210 feet from the actual facility.

“We have only received curiosity calls about this facility,” answered Cooner when asked if any public opposition had been received.

Jarrell included research by the Chief Tax Assessor in his report.

“The Chief Tax Assessor has researched property sales adjacent to the existing event facilities in the county and has determined that proximity to an event facility does not impact property values,” advised Jarrell.

The Commission approved the application for conditional use in a 7 to 1 vote.

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