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Use existing buildings

Dear Editor,

I think it is a shame, especially in this economy, that new, ground-up buildings continue to be built instead of renovating existing buildings.

This practice unfortunately leads to buildings sitting vacant and abandoned and becoming more and more neglected as time passes.

Case in point is the former Kroger store. While the new store Kroger has built is impressive, I would have preferred that the Kroger Company renovate and expand their existing location, similar to what they did with their Bearden store, or what Clayton Bank did with the old O’Charley’s property.

Now that they have moved out of their former location, it has become a magnet for idle teenagers to hang out, and has evolved into a skate park.

In addition, the property is not being properly maintained; a situation certain to worsen over time.

I think that the town of Farragut should collect a fee from property owners and/or their tenants for buildings that have been vacant for six months or more. Perhaps doing so will encourage property owners and their tenants to consider renovation more strongly than new construction.

Vacant buildings present a depressing eyesore in our otherwise beautiful Town.

Laura Beardsley


Islands create ‘safety’

I am a pedestrian who uses the Grigsby Chapel Greenway.

The new traffic island GREATLY enhances my safety when I and my dog cross Grigsby Chapel Road near the [Farragut] Primary School.

I have seen drivers leaving the Campbell Station [Road] intersection accelerate so that they achieve speeds in excess of 40 mph before they reach the crosswalk.

These islands may be an inconvenience to impatient drivers but they make it ever so much easier and safer to walk across Grigsby Chapel Road.

Charles Dudney



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