Johnson City

General Mills development delayed after meeting not announced

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. - The planned development of apartments on the General Mills property in Johnson City has hit another snag.

News 5 has learned notification of one of the public meetings held to discuss the project was not placed in the newspaper prior to the meeting. According to state law, notification must be placed in a newspaper of record before the meeting.

This means the city will have to hold three more public meetings and votes on the issue. Opponents of the project hope this will allow more time for city leaders to think about what should be done with the former General Mills property.

Amber Lee is an attorney representing the Southside Neighborhood organization. "Ideally we would hope to change some hearts and minds, bring attention to the mill and its historical significance in Johnson City," she said.

Johnson City mayor Ralph Van Brocklin weighed in on the issue as well. "I wouldn't anticipate that there would be a change in any of the votes," he said. "I think the votes were all pretty definite, the rationale behind each commissioner's position was pretty definite."

The next meeting will be held Thursday, May 1.

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