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New development offers space for businesses

Essex Pointe development, located next to Hollywood Video on Kingston Pike, promises to bring new businesses to town while enhancing an existing business.

Part of the development will be the new home of The Eye Group, a Farragut business, while the other portion of the building has been purchased by Brad Reams of Sevierville.

Todd Johnson, one of the owners of TJ Development in Knoxville, said his company built in Farragut at the request of the doctors of The Eye Group.

“We did this because the Eye Group really wanted a place they could own,” Johnson said. “They needed more room for their business.”

Johnson said Essex Pointe offers about 18,200 square feet of space. The Eye Group purchased approximately 4,000 square feet of that property and Reams purchased 11,000 square feet, he said.

“I believe he plans to put in some sort of Mexican restaurant and maybe even some type of bakery,” Johnson said.

Dr. Dorian Lain, one of the owners of The Eye Group, said it has been a difficult process, but he is looking forward to opening the doors of the new location in April.

“It has been difficult building in the town of Farragut,” he said. “We spent five months just trying to get an inlet from Kingston Pike. We’re looking forward to moving into the business in April.”

Lain said he and his partner, Dr. Joseph Manning, along with their associate, Dr. Beth Spann, are excited about the new offices.

“We’ll be moving from about fourteen hundred square feet of office space to four thousand square feet,” he said. “We’ll own about thirty-nine percent of the building, have six exam rooms and a lot of new automated equipment.”

Johnson said the development wouldn’t stop with Essex Pointe. The developer has purchased the land behind Essex Pointe for more building.

“We’re getting ready to put in a Goddard school,” he said.

According to Goddard School officials, a Goddard school is a school facility which offers programs for children from 6-weeks of age up to 6 years old. The programs offer a wide-range of enriching activities to meet the needs of each child.

They focus on building a strong and balanced foundation of emotional, social, cognitive, and physical skills for each child; offer multi-cultural and developmentally appropriate materials and equipment; provide a safe and secure environment; receive regular quality assurance audits and parent surveys; and receive continuing education for the on-going development of teachers and directors.

Next to the school, Johnson said he plans to build a building of about 6,200 square feet.

“Right now, we’re going to be building it on spec,” he said. “We’ve had a lot of people asking about it, but we haven’t sold any of the space yet We’re pretty confident it will sell.”


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