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Old 09-11-2007, 08:45 PM
 
Location: Beautiful East TN!!
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A few interesting things in the local paper the last few days.
Today's has an article on the front page about a new industry in and bring 200 jobs that will need to be filled.

:: Johnson City Press - Local News :: (http://www.johnsoncitypress.com/Detail.php?Cat=HOMEPAGE&ID=60195 - broken link)

Ok, I am sorry but I can not find the article I was told about that was in yesterdays JC press. (the darn on line version is very limited and they want you to pay to read more than the headlines, I can understand it but frustrating to those of us who want to see one or two articles from a day or so past) I was told some one is buying the old Klopman Mill in down town JC and turning it (or taking it down and rebuilding, not sure as I can't find the article) into a 97 or so unit apartment complex.

Just some interesting tid bits I thought maybe some readers on here might be interested in. If any locals happens to have yesterdays paper lying around and want to take a min to post details on the mill, I would really appreciate it.
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Old 09-12-2007, 04:25 AM
 
Location: Jonesborough, TN
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mbmouse,
I kept the Sunday paper that included the apartment story. This is something that ive been keeping an eye on for over a year. Before I got Directv I used to watch the city commission meetings every other week on whatever local channel that is on (I know im a dork). Anyway, these developers presented their plan to the JC commission and it blew me away because unlike many developers, they seemed as concerned about the city's best interest as they did their own.
The meat of the development:
Its going to be an upscale apartment complex complete with a clubhouse, pool, 198 apartments in three buildings, parking, a bike/walking trail, and two decorative retention ponds. The decorative ponds it is widely agreed will alleviate much of the flooding problems that the downtown area faces on a regular basis. The developers said that the upscale design was meant to clean up downtown's image somewhat by spurring future redevelopment of the downtown area.

"ETSU Athletic Director Dave Mullins agrees. His field of dreams lies just east of Tennessee Stree where the former Gordon Furniture parking lot once sat. He and other local leaders are working to see a baseball stadium, with surrounding retail space, occupy that land, which will border this development on its east side."

If you cant tell, Im in favor of this development for a few reasons. First, the developer has gotten the support of the current landowners. He stayed in close contact with the 20 residential landowners, and won their support rather than simply trying to flex his muscle and take their land. He made very good offers for the price of the properties, and the only piece of land that is not currently under contract is the piece needed for the retention ponds (but I think it will be shortly). Second, our downtown is an eyesore in many places. An upscale development, baseball stadium, retail space, etc. is what this part of the city has needed for a long time! In the words of one of the current residents, "Who wouldnt want to go up State of Franklin and look over here and see something nice in here instead of what we're looking at."
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Old 09-12-2007, 07:03 AM
 
Location: Beautiful East TN!!
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Wow! That is great! Thanks for the info. If you have any link that will keep us updated on that project I would appreciate it. I wasn't told about the whole thing, I thought it was just the apartments.
That will be a big deal for downtown.
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Old 09-12-2007, 08:35 AM
 
Location: Kingsport, TN
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Default in addition, JC's 'Weed & Seed' program...

will launch next month:

The plan is to weed out the bad through extra police enforcement and stronger neighborhood watches. The city will seed through prevention, intervention, and treatment programs, to keep kids out of jail and prevent convicted criminals from returning to jail.

"We're committed to making Johnson City the best and safest place it can be to live, work, and raise our families," Johnson City Police Chief John Lowry said.

People will likely see the biggest change when it comes to physical improvements. The city has already started the process by demolishing eyesores and putting money into rebuilding. The hope is to make homes more affordable for people to own.

Johnson City "Weed and Seed" program set to begin in October - News - TriCities.com (http://www.tricities.com/tristate/tri/news.apx.-content-articles-TRI-2007-09-10-0042.html - broken link)
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Old 09-12-2007, 11:47 AM
 
Location: Seattle
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Gasp, new/nice downtown apartments??? God, that sounds great! Since I moved up here I realllllly miss downtown living! Thanks for the updates guys. I try to scan the Johnson City paper every once in a while, but it really doesn't seem worth the price.
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Old 09-13-2007, 04:17 AM
 
Location: Old Town Alexandria
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There is a ton of construction going on by the MedTech Center (off State of Franklin) They also have a huge Wellness Center/olympic size pool and Nautilus and a new Lifestyle Center with daycare- excellent facilities

I highly recommend anyone coming to Johnson City to check these out- the economy here seems to be booming! Lots of Florida, Michigan, NJ and even Oklahoma and Colorado license plates.


sunny

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Old 09-14-2007, 02:26 PM
 
Location: Gorgeous NE TN
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Smile I'm Excited!!!!

I'm excited about the possibilities! It would be nice to have downtown revitalized -and with creating homes downtown, they will automatically bring more restaurants, shops, etc to the area. Having a ball park will also increase $$ from people regularly visiting downtown -
Any word, however, on the parking situation? It's not too good right now, and can only imagine how bad it could be...
Overall, I'm still excited!!!!
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Old 09-14-2007, 06:16 PM
 
Location: Beautiful East TN!!
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I'm excited about the possibilities! It would be nice to have downtown revitalized -and with creating homes downtown, they will automatically bring more restaurants, shops, etc to the area. Having a ball park will also increase $$ from people regularly visiting downtown -
Any word, however, on the parking situation? It's not too good right now, and can only imagine how bad it could be...
Overall, I'm still excited!!!!
I agree, the parking is an issue. They keep trying to address it but have yet to come up with a solution. I hope they do soon.
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