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O’Charley’s, more commercial development coming near Wal-Mart

Things are about to start popping again near the Wal-Mart Supercenter shopping center and the busy S.R. 135-I-64 interchange in north Corydon.
An O’Charley’s restaurant will be built next to Cracker Barrel, and developers Edsel L. Byrd, Pat Thompson and William L. Gerdon got approval from the Corydon Plan Commission last week to develop 49-1/2 acres of commercial ground behind the Wal-Mart Supercenter. Their plans for the “Northfield” commercial development has yet to go before the Harrison County Commissioners.
Consultant Paul Primavera described some minor changes that have been made in plans for Northfield at the Corydon Plan Commission last week. Provided that developers get a letter of credit, a performance bond, current cost estimates and an agreement with neighboring developer Bob Lynn of New Albany, the planners approved the project unanimously.
Northfield lies just south of I-64, behind the Supercenter, north of Byrd’s Old Capital strip mall and the Holiday Inn Express, and east of Lynn’s big commercial and residential development now in the early stages.
Byrd said he and his partners expect to sell 16 lots, although there are no specific plans for the ground at the present.
Byrd said yesterday that a road, Pacer Drive, will be built from Cracker Barrel west through Lynn’s property to the Corydon-Ramsey Road. That road and the fact that a traffic artery needed to be routed away from the Cracker Barrel to the west were matters of great concern to the town planners because of increasing congestion around the traffic signals on S.R. 135 and south of I-64. Specific construction plans for Pacer Drive have not yet been negotiated with Lynn, Byrd said.
Meanwhile, construction on the O’Charley’s restaurant is expected to begin this fall, and it should be open in the spring of 2002.
Bruce Dixon, real estate manager for the O’Charley’s Corp. in Nashville, Tenn., said last week that O’Charley’s will buy 1-1/2 acres next to Cracker Barrel from developer John B. Urbahns of Indianapolis. “We don’t anticipate any problems,” he said.
The “casual theme” restaurant will seat 275 and employ between 60 and 80 people. Dixon said here are 12 O’Charley’s in Louisville and Clarksville and 153 restaurants across the southeast. The average dinner check is $11 for American fare, meaning steak, salads and grilled entrees.