Johnson City

Community speaks about old mill site

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. -     Johnson City community members gathered tonight to talk about the pros and cons of bringing a multi-family housing project to downtown Johnson City.

     The Johnson City, Jonesborough, Washington County-Area Chamber of Commerce bought this old General Mills site on West Walnut Street in 2008.

Chamber leaders first decided to move the chamber offices there, but were later approached by a developer for a new multimillion dollar project.

     Thursday night was the second reading to get the area rezoned from a commercial site to a residential.  Opponents say they would like to see the buildings used to bring more retail opportunities to the area.  Supporters say it will bring an economic boost to downtown Johnson City.

     The final reading and vote will be next week.

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