An April 23 Courier-Journal story noted that a neighborhood meeting will be held today to discuss a possible retail center at 7144 Dixie Highway.
The meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. at Mosaic United Methodist Church, 8008 St. Andrews Church Road.
Mark and Terry Clemons, owners of Park TV Sales and Service are planning to construct a retail center on four parcels of land they own at the site and along Textile Avenue. Before submitting a development proposal, however, they are required to hold a neighborhood meeting with adjoining property owners and community leaders.
Then somebody left the following comment on the story:
CRACKER BARREL was committed to establishing a location on the northwest corner of Dixie Hwy. and KY 841 (Snyder) a few years ago.
BUT, they backed out because of the actions of Bill Gray, the Trustee Chairman of Bethany United Methodist Church and a close associate of 14th Metro Councilman “Bubba” Bob Henderson. (Bill Gray was later appointed by Abramson to the MSD board of directors.)
How do I know this?
A letter from Cracker Barrel dated Sept. 29, 2003 addressed to Bill Gray is in the Planning and Zoning file for that case, and it states: “… you represented … that the church could not sell its property. … We are now at a point where … you are selling the church property. This was a COMPLETE SURPRISE …. I no longer have confidence in this project….” (Signed) David Sawyer, Real Estate Manager.
So folks, it was Bill Gray, Bob Henderson, and Bethany United Methodist Church that screwed things up. Cracker Barrel no longer trusted these guys. So they backed out.
I’m not sure what the entire deal is, but it’s interesting and involves Chris Thieneman.
Here’s the letter referenced by the commenter:
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Our anonymous tipster apparently wants us to go on a wild goose chase. So if anyone has information to add, please do so in the comments.