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Dimmick’s McFee Road property offered via MLS

Gables & Gates owners Jerry Whitehead and Susie Lash informed Farragut’s Board of Mayor and Aldermen land sitting between Town-owned property and McFee Park had been listed on the Multiple Listing Service.

Ralph and Susan Dimmick offered their land to the Town more than a year ago, after the Town bought adjacent property.

The Town has yet to make an offer.

“They just would like to sell their property, and the Town is the most logical entity to purchase the property,” Lash said.

The Dimmick property is listed at $675,000. The Town bought the neighboring Seal property for $1,250,000.

According to Interim Town Administrator Gary Palmer, the Town has a little more than $500,000 left in its land acquisition budget for this fiscal year.

Alderman John Williams said the Town was not the only potential buyer of the property, considering Knox County Schools’ plan to build an elementary school in the area.

KCS is looking at the Town’s Seal property off McFee Road as a possible school site.

Palmer said he had met with KCS representative Doug Dillingham at the Seal property the day of the Board meeting, Thursday, Dec. 10.

“We talked a little bit about the criteria, and … they already had a whole bunch of information on this property, including a map showing the school and how it would sit.

“Of course, the topography out there is ideal. Being adjacent to a park is ideal. So they’re definitely interested,” Palmer said.

Last year, former Alderman Tom Rosseel first proposed buying the Seal property and donating it to Knox County Schools for use as an elementary school.

That idea eventually fell through, and the Town bought the property with the idea of using it as an extension of McFee Park.

All that being said, Palmer advised the Board to consider other, perhaps more pressing, needs for funds in the Town.

“I think we need to take a step back, with regards to the state’s fiscal situation and how it’s going to impact us, and try to come up with a priority list for land acquisition,” Palmer said.

Mayor Ralph McGill told Lash the Town still was interested in the Dimmick property.

“It’s never been uninteresting to us; it’s just the limits of finances,” he said.

Williams said he would consider it inappropriate for the Town to act on buying the Dimmick property without knowing how the school board was going to act. No action was taken.


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