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MPC Choto decision

What ever happened to “Government of the people, by the people, and for the people?”

Yesterday evening, I attended a meeting of the Knox County Commission. A proposal was presented by certain developers to develop a vacant piece of land at the north/east corner of Northshore Drive and Choto Road near the western edge of Knox County. The development as proposed will be 15-plus acres consisting of a Weigel’s service center and convenience store along with several other retail and professional buildings sitting on an approximate eight-to-10-acre footprint.

The Metropolitan Planning Commission had recommended approval of this project apparently without having seen or even having been presented a completed concept of the plan.

This would be the largest residential/commercial rezoning project in Knox County. The residents for the most part have voiced their objection to this project as it further extends the commercialization into the pristine area known as the Choto Peninsula.

A new YMCA has recently been completed and opened on Northshore Drive just east of this new proposed project. As you may or may not be aware, the YMCA at Kingston Pike and Lovell Road has been closed with the membership being transferred to this new facility, adding to the traffic flow along Northshore Drive as members of the “Y” come from distant areas.

The concern of residents of the various residential developments that will be impacted by this new project is the lighting, traffic, crime, vacancy of buildings as new business are unable to sustain their businesses due


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