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Old 11-05-2015, 10:36 AM
 
Location: Gray, TN
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Old 11-05-2015, 11:25 AM
 
Location: Seattle
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I think that the advantage that get overlooked most often with JC is the transportation planning. JC is very navigable, the city just flows well, and certain things about it are in a way, scenic.

Johnson City was lucky in the past 6 decades that their transportation planning dovetailed fairly nicely with the organic land use presented by developers. To continue to grow the city in a respectable and fiscally sustainable way, I think we will have to see the JC community demand higher land use standards. This is already happening in a small way in the downtown area, and perhaps laying the ground work for higher and better use along West Market, North Roan, and perhaps even Boones Creek. (North State of Franklin around Med-Tech is a foregone wasteland; it was pre-engineered to disincentivize proper land use controls.)
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Old 11-05-2015, 11:33 AM
 
Location: Johnson City, TN
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I think that the advantage that get overlooked most often with JC is the transportation planning. JC is very navigable, the city just flows well, and certain things about it are in a way, scenic.
John Campbell was really instrumental in Johnson City's growth in the 80's and 90's and State of Franklin Road was largely his idea. I've heard it was ridiculed at the time but SoF is central to Johnson City's transportation infrastructure.

To his credit, Mr. Campbell was very pro-growth in during his time in Kingsport as well through aggressive annexation. Unfortunately it might have proved too aggressive as it is going to take many years and many millions of dollars to extend utilities and improve infrastructure in these newly annexed areas.
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Old 12-11-2015, 08:57 PM
 
Location: Johnson City, TN
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Johnson City Press: JCDA approves 3 TIFs worth $600,000

A few more downtown updates. Things continue to steadily progress and there are even more projects in the works not mentioned in the article (perhaps a pinball-centric barcade....).

It looks like the Hands-On museum will be leaving downtown to locate at the Gray Fossil Site which is probably better in the long run. It will have room to grow and will be aligned with ETSU. While I would have loved for it to stay, downtown JC is at a point now where it will be ok without Hands On.

Also Gap is closing in the JC mall in January to locate at The Pinnacle in Bristol (although this will be an outlet store). I was wondering where White House Black Market was going to locate at the mall since it was at 100% capacity; I guess this answers that question.
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Old 12-11-2015, 09:50 PM
 
Location: Jonesborough, TN
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Hands on would be much better off in downtown JC, for their sake. But if they want to move so be it.
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Old 12-13-2015, 01:23 AM
 
Location: Seattle
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The Gap is hemorrhaging money; I'm not surprised they're closing the JC store.

I disagree that Hands On is just as good in Gray rather than downtown, but I can see some great opportunities for them to leverage the fossil site. I do think it will be a loss for downtown. That northeast side of downtown is struggling a bit anyway though, so maybe the newly vacated space will bring in a good anchor tenant.
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Old 12-13-2015, 04:08 AM
 
Location: Jonesborough, TN
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I have been reading a lot lately about the possibility of Sears going bankrupt or being taken over by another company. They have apparently lost money almost every quarter for the past 3-4 years and the latest article I read indicated this upcoming quarter might be their last chance. They own the Kmart brand too.

I could envision both Sears and Kmart closing in the next couple years. This would leave a large vacant store right off the interstate and an anchor in the mall. I am shocked that the Kmart is still open anyway, it seems like it is always nearly empty.
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Old 12-13-2015, 01:47 PM
 
Location: Johnson City, TN
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I could envision both Sears and Kmart closing in the next couple years. This would leave a large vacant store right off the interstate and an anchor in the mall. I am shocked that the Kmart is still open anyway, it seems like it is always nearly empty.
I still think Target could take over the Kmart property when it closes although that would leave another vacant building over by the mall. I'm not as concerned about Sears because I think the mall could easily repurpose that space; much like when Goody's closed nearly 10 years ago and the area was turned into a new wing. The mall seems to have no trouble attracting quality tenants at the present time.
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Old 12-13-2015, 04:56 PM
 
Location: Tennessee
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I have been reading a lot lately about the possibility of Sears going bankrupt or being taken over by another company. They have apparently lost money almost every quarter for the past 3-4 years and the latest article I read indicated this upcoming quarter might be their last chance. They own the Kmart brand too.

I could envision both Sears and Kmart closing in the next couple years. This would leave a large vacant store right off the interstate and an anchor in the mall. I am shocked that the Kmart is still open anyway, it seems like it is always nearly empty.
Sears and Kmart are dinosaurs. I can't imagine Kmart having that much in valuable brand - for Sears, I'd think craftsman and Kenmore would have value but that's it. While the vacant space would hurt, I can't imagine this being a huge loss.
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Old 12-13-2015, 04:58 PM
 
Location: Tennessee
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I still think Target could take over the Kmart property when it closes although that would leave another vacant building over by the mall. I'm not as concerned about Sears because I think the mall could easily repurpose that space; much like when Goody's closed nearly 10 years ago and the area was turned into a new wing. The mall seems to have no trouble attracting quality tenants at the present time.
What's interesting is that Kmart was really innovative in its day. I remember being about ten when it opened - the first super center in the area. They had a respectable deli and a nice newsstand then. I guess the walmarts and kmarts general fall took their toll, but that store was unique for awhile. I still think the building is a lot more useful and better than the bland target.
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