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Alderman speaks out

In reading last week’s farragutpress and what has transpired in other area newspapers in recent weeks about a proposed development in the old Outlets’ Mall location, it is easy to see a disturbing pattern.

It sure doesn’t appear as if this not-so-subtle lobbying for public support is anything but a coincidence.


I was pleased to see Mayor Ralph McGill getting the Economic Development Commit-tee back on track. I voted in favor of establishing this committee seeing it as a positive way to investigate best practices of other similar communities (Brentwood, Collier-ville, Franklin) to help in promoting town of Farragut businesses as well as developing new ideas for recruiting and educating businesses about our community.

I expressed a concern at the time of this committee’s creation about it becoming a platform for a handful of angry businessmen and vested interests touting their own personal profit agenda.

I appreciate the non-vested interest members such as Jim Holladay stepping up and with our mayor’s help making sure the EDC stays on the productive and positive path. The EDC, in my opinion, should be focused on charting the course for our economic development interests and not sailing the ship.

We can learn much from other premier residential communities on ways of making the development approval process more user friendly without castigating our town’s hardworking professional staff and watering down the ordinances that make Farragut so aesthetically special.

The development in question (Outlets Mall) is innovative and I am appreciative of the developers considering this blighted location for what could be a wonderful addition to our business community.

However, I am not in favor of fast-tracking this or any other project and am greatly disappointed to read of certain comments indicating a “give us what we want or we’ll take our marbles elsewhere” type of mentality. This is not productive to a good working relationship and is, in fact, insulting to the many businesses in the town of Farragut [that] do follow the policies and procedures and understand that anything worth doing does require a certain amount of time.

An innovative project will, by its nature, require additional review. Our town’s professional staff and the volunteer committees, which review these types of projects consist, in my opinion, of fair minded people who just need the opportunity to do their jobs without public pressure and behind the scenes maneuvering.

Alderman Jeff Elliott

Farragut



Flea market developer seeks support

It has come to my attention that the town of Farragut is welcoming business and wants to establish itself as a destination with a brand. I would like help in this effort by investing millions of dollars and making a commitment to spend $150K on a marketing campaign that will also support the branding of Farragut.

My name is Charles Atchley and I am delighted to have this opportunity to present to you the Farragut Public Market. The concept for this Market is unique, upscale, and exciting. The Market will offer antiques, produce, crafts and high-end collectibles. It is my hope and desire to build the flagship Market in Farragut.

The development of this Market will revitalize a blighted piece of property formerly known as the Outlet Mall (view pictures at our website). The result will be a transformation of this vacant site into a vibrant, visually-appealing, revenue-generating destination that gives sophisticated buyers a terrific shopping experience. I project the Market will serve as a catalyst to business stimulation for Farragut in delivering jobs and tax revenue while spearheading economic development growth.

I would like to make some clarifications about this opportunity:

I am not, at this time, the owner of the property nor will I acquire it without the assurances from the Town’s leadership that they share this vision.

This will not be a flea market. The only business model that will work for the multimillion-dollar investment is an upscale public market. A flea market would not be [a] viable option for me nor for Farragut.

The Market will be visually pleasing in appearance as described in our market concept and to ensure this, I have hired as my agent, Mr. Jim Nixon, who brought Turkey Creek to the area.

The Market will offer outside sales, similar to existing weekend venues, farmers markets, and festivals that occur within Farragut.

Our team is not delaying the project from being heard by the elected representation of the community and has been acting in good faith for the past two months in meeting every filing deadline and all of the reasonable requests by the non-elected planning staff.

There are several complexities with this opportunity. Foremost, the building and property in its pre-existing condition make it financially and physically impossible to meet 100 percent of the wish list items from the Town’s planning staff; however, we can meet 90 percent or more of them.

In order to make this innovative idea into a reality, there needs to be a commitment by the Town’s leadership to work collaboratively in order to address this problem on Outlet Drive. I am hopeful that the Town’s MPC will have an opportunity to review this plan at its meeting on December 17.

In closing, the tapestry of goods available at this attractive marketplace will appeal to the upscale taste and style for which Farragut residents are known. To find out more about this opportunity, please visit www.FarragutPublic-Market.com.

Charles E. Atchley Sr.

Sevier County



‘Yes’ to Outlet Mall

As a family, we would very much like the public market to come to our community.

Whenever we are on vacation, we always look for the public and farmers markets since that is where all the really nice crafts are, fresh food, and non-tourist types of gifts. It sounds like both will be offered here in Farragut in addition to antiques.

Our children would like to apply there for a part-time job when it opens and one of our cousins would like to rent a booth to sell some of his handmade crafts.

We just do not see anything wrong with this idea and it would be nice for a community to have something of its own. We definitely need more businesses here. We also wish for a hardware store, an office store, and bookstore to open within the limits of Farragut.

Tracy and Tommy Wilson

Knoxville



‘No’ to Choto

development

As a resident of Channel Point, a subdivision on the Choto peninsula, I am deeply distressed about the continuing commercial development along Northshore Drive.

Coming from the destruction of paradise (Southern California), I have witnessed the ruination of neighborhoods by commercial development encroachment and over building.

The MPC, in their wisdom, granted this pristine area a slow growth zone suggesting a “one house per acre.”

Now with a YMCA on the edge of Montgomery Cove and Preston Park, here comes the developers with their greed and disregard for the sanctity of our neighborhoods.

The Knox County Commission-ers are probably going to allow this monstrosity to be built, further adding to our traffic and increasing the danger at the intersection of Northshore and Choto Road.

Our deer are being pushed back further and further.

It seems as though there is no thought of the residents in the area and another project is being shoved down our throats.

As the federal government is moving towards socialism and taking away our Constitutional rights, now our local government is taking away our paradise.

Election time, we need to remedy this travesty.

Jack Alman

Channel Point



Support voiced for Outlet Mall

Perhaps I’m missing something and someone better informed than I gets this.

As I understand it, a developer has approached the town of Farragut to take over an empty, abandoned eyesore (the former Outlet Mall) to create the Farragut Public Market, an upscale public market.

Considering the present economic conditions across our nation, the number of jobs created in Farragut and the additional tax revenue collected for Farragut (not to mention the rehabilitation of an abandoned building) should have the town leaders and various development committees bending over backwards to make it happen.

And yet, that does not seem to be the case.

I understand that the Economic Development Committee is concerned about perception on branding the town but they might want to be a little more concerned about the perception of how difficult it is start a business and do business in Farragut.



Louise Povlin

Farragut

 

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