By Tia Lynn Ivey
Plans for a truck stop have been approved by the City of Madison at the intersection of Highway 83 and Amtico Road. Last week, the Corridor Design Commission approved site plans for Love’s Travel Plaza and Country Store with certain conditions.
According to the Corridor Design Commission, which granted Love’s Travel Plaza a Certificate of Appropriateness, certain conditions must be met on the 47-acre site. Those conditions include landscaping changes, prohibiting band lighting, and demanding review of all materials used for the windows, entry canopies, and awnings. The commission also stipulated any elevation of the proposed gas canopy must be submitted for approval.
Now, that the commission has given Love’s Travel Plaza the green light, the plans are currently under state and local review for land disturbance and building permits, the last steps necessary before construction can begin.
The truck stop will comprise 16 acres of the 47- acres-site. According to the Corridor Design Commission. The City of Madison Mayor and City Council passed a text amendment in April of 2018 to allow for truck stops in the Commercial 4 District of the City, specifically accommodating this project. Love’s Travel Plaza officials told the City that after the approval process was complete it would take about eight months to construct the new truck stop. According to its website, there are 430 Love’s Travel Stop locations with more than 17,000 employees. Chipola Engineering an engineering firm based in Marianna, Fla., designed the plans for truck stop and store off Exit 20 of I-20.