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BOMA discuss possible Campbell house purchase

After seeing discussion about the historic home at the corner of Campbell Station Road and Kingston Pike on the Town attorney’s bill, Alderman Bob Markli asked about the status of the house.

The Campbell house, with accompanying lot, is for sale for about $2 million.

“There is no question the house has value to the Town … There is no question that we don’t want to see it torn down,” Mayor Ralph McGill said at Farragut’s Board of Mayor and Aldermen meeting, Monday, Nov. 23.

The Town has discussed, in general terms, purchasing just the historic home and moving it to property already owned by the Town.

“I know we had considered the house, but nobody talked about the property,” Markli said.

But, he added, that land has great location.

“That Russell property is at a very significant, highly visible intersection in the Town. It has tremendous potential for defining the Town,” Markli said.

“It’s just such a significant location. It would help provide a historical core: it is perhaps the most historic building in the center of the Town.

“The suggestion was made … we might want to look at acquiring that property, house and all, as a welcome center, museum, additional office space,” he added.

The building is in close proximity to Farragut schools, the library, the post office and Town Hall.

Alderman Jeff Elliott asked that any discussion of a possible purchase be put onto the Town’s work program list, “rather than just jumping into this.”

McGill stressed no such discussion was in the process of happening.

“I can tell you there have been discussions that encompass the whole realm of options, and there are some sensitivities with respect to these discussions,” McGill said.

There will come a time to discuss those options openly, “but I don’t think that time is yet.”

“None of that discussion is to suggest that is in the process of happening, because it’s not,” he added.

The attorney conversations regarded the possibility, however remote, that land or a building be donated to the Town.

“The question was …what kinds of legal documents you would use to convey that structure,” Town attorney Tom Hale said.

“I’ve been doing this 30 years, I’ve never had anybody donate a structure,” he added.

All that would be required would be the bill of sale, Hale said.

“There’s no question that we want to make use of the house in some fashion that will preserve a piece of history as well as enhance the visibility of the town of Farragut,” McGill said.


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