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Cafe site to be developed

Ravenel Development Corporation, based out of Charleston, S.C., has bought more than eight acres in Dixie Lee Juction, including the site of Court Café, for around $2.75 million.

Ravenel plans to construct a grocer-anchored shopping center on the acreage, situated between South Watt Road and Kingston Pike.

“It’s a 43,600-square foot grocery store and then probably another 20,000 square feet of shop space,” said Chris Barnes, a Coldwell Banker Commercial/ Wallace & Wallace realtor who has negotiated the deal.

Barnes wouldn’t say what the grocery anchor was.

“It’s going to be a nice grocery store though,” he said.

According to Barnes, he had worked on the deal for two years.

Some development was delayed because of what seemed to be wetlands on the property.

“They went in and first determined that it wasn’t wetlands, then the Army Corps. [of Engineers] came in and said it was wetlands, then we had a guy from Oak Ridge come out, a wetland specialist, that said this is not wetlands,” Barnes said.

Ravenel wanted to pipe the marshy area, but if it was wetlands, the Town wanted to preserve them.

Now that the area has been determined to not be wetlands, the site is ready for development.

“We’ve got all that settled. All that’s been passed, permitted. We actually close[d] [Friday, Sept. 26],” Barnes said.

Barnes expected construction to begin in the next year.

“The whole area will boom off that [development],” Barnes said.


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