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First West Plant property sells; 10 new houses planned

Aug 4, 2017
By Lesli Bales-Sherrod
From The Daily Times

Ten new houses are planned for the first West Plant property to officially change hands.

Springbrook Properties LLC has purchased 10 previously platted but undeveloped lots on Lodge and Maury streets from West Plant developer RESIGHT of Colorado, the remaining entity of Airport Center Development Partners.

A concept plan approved by the Alcoa Municipal/Regional Planning Commission last month indicates that Springbrook Properties would build 10 single-family homes, five facing Lodge Street and five facing Maury Street, in architectural styles found throughout the Springbrook neighborhood.

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Rezoning for West Plant houses passes first reading

Jul 25, 2017
By Lesli Bales-Sherrod
From The Daily Times

A vacant lot in Alcoa's historic Springbrook neighborhood could be the site of 10 new houses, as the Alcoa Board of Commissioners voted Monday to rezone the property from Neighborhood Commercial to Mixed Use District E-3.

If the proposed rezoning is approved on second reading Aug. 8, the single-family homes would be the first residential properties built as part of the redevelopment of the former ALCOA Inc. West Plant site where Hall Road meets Alcoa Highway.

"It was a surprise to me that it was zoned Neighborhood Commercial," said City Manager Mark Johnson, who serves on the city’s Planning Commission, which voted Thursday to recommend the rezoning.

Neighborhood Commercial only allows residences to be built above commercial properties whereas Mixed Use District E-3 allows both attached and detached housing. Danny Kirby of Springbrook Properties LLC has an option to buy the vacant lots bordered by Faraday, Lodge, Lake and Maury streets from West Plant developer Airport Center Development Partners, Johnson explained.

Kirby has proposed building 10 single-family homes, five facing Lodge and five facing Maury. The block was platted was part of the West Springbrook Subdivision in March 1944, but never developed.

Kirby's plans for Springbrook Commons show “classic Craftsman-style” homes in architectural styles found throughout the Springbrook neighborhood.

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Alcoa Board of Zoning Appeals clears way for new houses near West Plant site

Jul 25, 2017
By Lesli Bales-Sherrod
From The Daily Times

An undeveloped block in Alcoa's Springbrook neighborhood could see the first new houses built near the former ALCOA Inc. West Plant property.

The Alcoa Board of Zoning Appeals voted Monday to grant a special exception for residential units on the 2.4 acres that was platted as part of the West Springbrook Subdivision in March 1944, but never developed.

"This is considered to be part of the West Plant redevelopment," City Planner Jeremy Pearson told the BZA. "The aluminum company, now Arconic, owned the property until recently, when it was purchased by RESIGHT (the private developer partnering with the city to develop the former West Plant site)."

Right now the property, which lies between Lodge and Maury streets, is zoned Neighborhood Commercial, which only allows residential units above commercial properties, but the developer has requested a rezoning to Mixed Use District E-3, which allows residential units by special exception, Pearson explained.

The Alcoa Municipal/Regional Planning Commission will vote on that rezoning request at 5:30 p.m. Thursday.

"It's a flexible zone," Pearson said of Mixed Use District E-3, noting it allows both attached and detached housing.

Danny Kirby of Springbrook Properties LLC, who was representing the developer Monday, would like to build 10 homes, five facing Lodge Street and five facing Maury Street, according to staff notes in BZA members' meeting packets.

"The homes would be built to look like existing homes in Springbrook," Pearson said.

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Mountain Outfitter, CrossFit Gym Among New Businesses Opening Along Sevier Avenue

September 22, 2016
By Eric Vreeland
From City of Knoxville

This week, owners of two locally-owned businesses - Uncle Lem?s Mountain Outfitters and South Landing CrossFit - talked about their plans to open this fall at 1020 Sevier Ave.

On Wednesday, First Commercial Real Estate announced a project to renovate the 6,000-square-foot vacant building, owned by 1020 Properties LLC.

The project represents a combined $1 million investment by the owners and tenants, as well as about 20 new jobs. The Sevier Avenue location will be the second in Knoxville for Uncle Lem's and the first here for South Landing CrossFit.

The redevelopment project team specifically wanted to be part of the growing vibe on Sevier Avenue.

"The City's investment in the South Waterfront is what attracted us to the area," says 1020 Properties partner Danny Kirby. "The City of Knoxville has made a real commitment to enhancing the outdoor amenities in the area, with improved infrastructure, a beautiful new park and new access to the river, which is the heart and soul of Knoxville. It's just a great place to be now and in the future - and we got lucky and landed the perfect tenants."

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Uncle Lem's and South Landing CrossFit Coming Just Across the River from Downtown

September 22, 2016
By KnoxvilleUrbanGuy
From Inside of Knoxville

Two new businesses were announced yesterday, adding to the surge in development along Sevier Avenue just over the Gay Street Bridge from downtown. With the growth in popularity of the nearby Urban Wilderness and the looming opening of Suttree Landing Park, the area is attracting businesses at a rapid pace. Uncle Lem's Mercantile and Outdoor and South Landing CrossFit, located at 1020 Sevier Avenue are located very close to Three Bears Coffee and Alliance Brewing, making the spot one of the most rapidly developing in the area.

The two businesses will share a 6,000 square foot building which, at the moment is an empty shell. Both represent an active lifestyle consistent with the concentration of canoeing, kayaking, hiking and biking in the area. Uncle Lem's will stock all the equipment required for the lifestyle except the bikes.

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Two new businesses opening on South Knoxville waterfront

September 21, 2016
By WVLT Staff
From City of Knoxville

Two new businesses plan to open this fall on the South Knoxville waterfront. They're renovating spaces at 1020 Sevier Avenue. Both are focused on healthy living.

South Landing CrossFit plans to open a new CrossFit gym on the site. Local owners are Crissy and Shane Glarrow. They plan on offering group classes as well as personal training.

Uncle Lem's Outfitters plans on opening its second Knoxville store at this waterfront location. The store caters to people who want a healthy, outdoor, natural lifestyle. Local residents Kevin Hill and Kendrick Smith are investing in the new retail location.

First Commercial Real Estate announced that the two businesses will be sharing a 6,000 square-foot building owned by 1020 Properties, LLC.

This location is near sites for boating, biking and hiking through Knoxville's urban wilderness.

A development like Turkey Creek moves ahead in Lenoir City

May 15, 2013
By Stephanie Myers
From News-Herald

Completion of the Town Creek Parkway extension is one step closer. On Monday, Lenoir City Council approved a $2.5 million bid to construct the remaining 4,000 feet of roadway.

With an estimated $4 million in total costs, the project will tie U.S. Highway 321 to Harrison Road and open up new land for retail, office and residential development.

Jason Elliott, of Cannon and Cannon, Inc., consultants on the project, said the $2.5 million contract with APAC-Atlantic, Inc., was lower than engineers expected.

"We had about $3 million for construction. ... We have some cushion now built into the project budget, which is a great thing. The next step is the preconstruction meeting," Elliott said, adding construction should begin in the middle of next month and should be completed by June 2014.

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A development like Turkey Creek moves ahead in Lenoir City

April 8, 2013
By Alexis Zotos

A development being hailed as the next Turkey Creek is moving ahead in Lenoir City.

Dubbed Town Creek, the 270-acre property is located off Highway 321 within sight of Interstate 75 near the I-40-75 split.

Construction is under way for the Town Creek Parkway Extension, a road that will help shape the future of the development.

"It's been a long time coming," explained Dale Hurst, the City Administrator for Lenoir City. "Since there was such a pause with the recession, with the commercial and the retail kind of diminished, we're excited now that we're at the point where we're just about ready to go to construction."

The first step is the construction of a 4,000 foot road through the property. Bids have already been put out with construction expected to begin June 1.

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Garden Ridge now open

February 14, 2013
By Heather Beck
From Farragut Press

Home and garden décor superstore Garden Ridge has opened its location in Farragut.

“It’s one stop shopping for anything for the house and home,” said manager Jeffery Myers of the 160,000-square-foot Outlet Drive store.

“We are the third largest they have,” he added.

Garden Ridge sells wall art, metals, rugs, furniture and decorative accents, as well as faux greenery, candles, pillows and other home accessories. The store also offers seasonal outdoor items, such as patio and lawn furniture and garden accents.

The store doesn’t sell lawn and garden supplies, a common misconception, Myers said.

“It’s more of decorative gardening,” he added.

The Farragut Garden Ridge has one of the largest selections of wall art of any store in the chain, largely because the space — the former Turkey Creek Public Market — is so large.

“We have probably the largest assortment of wall décor, mirrors and frames,” Myers said. “We have a phenomenal wall décor section: alternative art, studio art, gallery art, accent art. We’ve got art,” manager Kristal Ray said.

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Longhorn Steakhouse opens in Turkey Creek
October 29, 2012
By WBIR staff

Publix coming to Turkey Creek
October 7, 2011
By Josh Flory
From The Knoxville News Sentinel
Hampton Inn now open
August 4, 2011
By Heather Mays
From Farragut Press
Belk holds grand re-opening for Turkey Creek expansion
May 6, 2009
By News Sentinel Staff
From The Knoxville News Sentinel
JCPenney among several retail chains opening stores in Turkey Creek
March 5, 2009
By Carly Harrington
From The Knoxville News Sentinel
Cooperation was key for Turkey Creek developers
May 15, 2006

From The Knoxville News Sentinel

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Business Booms at Turkey Creek
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