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Town reports record amount of commercial development
Marshall's added to new Farragut retail list

The Board of Mayor and Aldermen heard reports from department heads for the fourth quarter work program for fiscal year 2008.

Ruth Hawk, community development director, reported a record amount of commercial development within Town limits.

Mayor W. Edward “Eddy” Ford III proceeded to list such developments.

“This is one of the greatest eras in the town of Farragut in regards to development,” Ford said.

Currently 19.7 acres in the Colonial Pinnacle III development in Turkey Creek is being developed: a second Belk store is under construction, as is Best Buy, an AT&T store, JCPenney and Tennessee State Bank.

“This bank … will be somewhere around 21,000 square feet and I understand it will have a marble frontage with marble columns and truly be a beautiful bank,” Ford said of Tennessee State.

Up and coming are a “Marshall’s department store and three or four junior anchor tenants,” Ford said.

“One of them is Off Broadway Shoes,” Hawk said of the junior anchor tenants.

The Village at Parkside center, with “11 or 12 shops,” is also being constructed, Ford said.

Off Campbell Station Road, the Holiday Inn Express, with approximately 61 rooms on 6.4 acres, is being built.

Campbell Station Center, a retail facility, now holds tenants, including Family Book Outlet, Del Mar’s, Kasumi Japanese Grill, Diana Nails, and coming soon, a Dunkin’ Donuts.

“If you’ll notice on the interstate sign as you approach Campbell Station Road coming from Knoxville, the Dunkin’ Donuts sign is already on the list of restaurants,” Ford said.

Brooklawn Village, including the 125,000 square foot Kroger currently under construction, will sit on a total of 91 acres.

“It’s going to be everything from food to furniture, we understand,” Ford said of Kroger.

Hawk hinted that another large tenant could be coming to Brooklawn Village, but was unsure what it could be.

“We’ve talked to people, but no one tells us exactly what it is … we know something is coming, we think we know what it is, but we’re guessing,” she said.

Continuing down Kingston Pike, Concord Square is being constructed behind the Pittsburgh Paint building. Exodus Chiropractic’s strip mall, Thornton Center, now holds the chiropractor’s office and soon, two to three more tenants.

Directly behind it sits Parkview West Senior Living community.

“I would recommend going down there and getting a tour; it is a very, very nice facility and something we should be proud of in this community,” Hawk said.

Tuffy Auto Service is grading across the street from Parkview West. A deceleration lane will be built off Kingston Pike in front of this development.

Hicks Dental Building, off West Point Drive, has been completed.

“It is a very nice building, very nice,” Hawk said.

Continuing west, First Citizens Bank now occupies its building at the corner of South Campbell Station and Kingston Pike.

Ingle’s Market super center, coming in at 93,000 square feet, is also nearing completion, having announced an October opening date. The development will include an expanded intersection and traffic light at Peterson Road.

At the entrance to Linda Heights, architect Chris Malone’s office is being constructed, as is Farragut Professional Park’s five building series on the other side of Kingston Pike.

Ott’s Barbecue has opened and Renaissance looks to continue expansion.

At Ford’s count, fourteen subdivisions are being developed. First Baptist Concord Kingston Pike continues construction on its 29,000 square foot student building and the new Belleaire Drive.

St. John Neumann Catholic Church looks to complete construction and have the new sanctuary consecrated in October, and will also be constructing a new parish hall and rectory.

“It’s a Romanesque-style church building with an exterior of Texas limestone and impressionistic terra cotta roof tiles, 41 stained-glass windows, Italian marble flooring and Italian marble altar and pulpit,” Ford said.

“That doesn’t do it justice. It’s going to be the most attractive building built around here for some time. It’s amazing,” said Vice Mayor J. Michael Haynes.

“It’s an impressive list,” Hawk said of the total development.

Also being completed is McFee Road Park, which may not be opened in spring 2009, as was expected.

“Nothing’s open out there yet because … there’s still hazardous construction material. We do have, quite frankly, a few issues,” said Sue Stuhl, leisure services director.

“We will have beautiful fields. They may not be at the time we would have hoped,” she added.

Leisure services department recorded 4,700 adults and youth using recreational fields in the Town parks, 53 reservations for picnic shelter use and 32 reservations to use pavilions.

Stuhl also announced the hire of a new administrative assistant to handle citizen requests, Arlene Higginbotham.

The engineering department, led by Darryl Smith, attended 96 meetings, including 16 with residential building contractors, and attended five seminars or conferences.

Public works, led by Bud McKelvey, completed 43 citizen requests and 38 work orders in the fourth quarter.


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