BAR approves COA’s for Zaxby’s, State Farm and alterations to Doko Depot

BLYTHEWOOD – It was a busy night for the Blythewood Board of Architectural Review Monday evening. Board members approved Certificates of Appropriateness for construction of a Zaxby’s restaurant, construction of a State Farm Insurance Office and alteration of the Blythewood Depot Building.

All three projects flew through the BAR with no major adjustments to the COA requests.


The proposed opening for the Blythewood Zaxby’s is March of 2020.

The request for the new Zaxby’s fast food restaurant to be constructed at 221 Blythewood Road was submitted by the MRP Design Group. The restaurant will sit on a 1-1/2 acre site next to the Sharpe Shoppe BP service station.

The restaurant is expected to open in March of 2020.

A site development plan will be considered at a later time to include all improvements, including plantings, buffer yards, landscaping, signs, lighting, parking, garbage enclosures, curb cuts and pedestrian and vehicular circulation paths.

State Farm

Blythewood State Farm agent Sandy Khan, who owns the property at 152 Blythewood Road, requested and received approval of a COA for the construction of a one-story, 3,951 square-foot insurance office building on the property.

Khan is in the process of removing her previous buildings on the same lot to make way for the new construction.

The proposed building is comprised of three offices. Construction is expected to begin soon.

Doko Depot

Blythewood Depot Property, LLC requested and received approval of the BAR for a COA to permit the alteration of the Depot Building.

The 3,800 square-foot building is currently being renovated to accommodate two businesses – Freeway Music and Doko Station Pub & Eatery.

Don Russo, owner of Freeway Music, will occupy a larger portion of the building with 14 rooms for private music lessons and rock band classes plus other spaces. The Doko Station Pub is owned by Lexington’s Old Mill Brewpub owners John and Kelly Clinger.

Signage will be reviewed by the BAR or in consultation with staff.

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