By Laurel Callaway
Opelika Observer

Planning an event in Opelika just got a lot easier. Tailgate Guys and the Event Group will be relocating to Opelika into a new office and storage facility for their rental supplies this summer. The Planning Commission approved the conditional use of a warehouse located at 211 Marvyn Parkway for the company at Tuesday’s meeting.
Tailgate Guys provide a superior Gameday experience to college football fans across the Southeast. They are currently partnered with Auburn University, Texas A&M, The University of Florida and Georgia Tech. In the winter of 2014, the company founded the Event Group, which provides party and event rental services.
The facility is 40,600 square feet and sits on 4.3 acres just across the street from the Williamson Ave. intersection. A total of 2,500 square feet in the front of the building will be renovated and serve as the office area.  In addition, the front facade will be given a facelift and the driveway and parking lot will be paved.
“We are glad to have ya’ll come here,” stated Mayor Gary Fuller at the work session on March 17.
“We are excited to be here. Everyone has been great to work with,” said co-founder Parker Duffey.
The commission also discussed future committee appointments via the 2030 Master Plan.  Each commission member is to appoint one person that will serve on the future planning commission.  Planning Director Jerry Kelly gave an April 17 deadline for submission of appointees.
The commission also:
-approved preliminary and final plat approval for a subdivision on two lots on Pepperell Parkway.
-passed a resolution for amendments to the Future Land Use Map of the 2020 Comprehensive Plan approved at the Feb. 24 meeting concerning land at the corner of North 30th Street and Pepperell Parkway. The parcel will be designated general commercial instead of institutional, commercial and low density residential.
-discussed the intergovernmental agreement with Lee County Commission concerning development of subdivisions outside city limits.