FARAGUT, Tenn. (WATE) — Is new development coming to the town of Farragut? Familiar shopping centers were the focus of two meetings Thursday to gather public input.
Town leaders are considering developing the former Stein Mart site near the intersection of Campbell Station Road and Kingston Pike. This is part of the next step in his 10-year comprehensive plan for the town, which aims to attract more business to the area.
“We just started a public comment process to update this. We've had some stakeholder meetings, and obviously we're getting great input from residents today,” said Town Administrator. David Smoak said. “We will continue that process over the next few weeks.”
The current idea is to have green space, restaurants, shops and residential space within an established shopping centre.
Dot LaMarche lives in Farragut and is a former deputy mayor.
“I love Farragut, I care about it a lot, and I just want to see what the future holds for this area,” she said. “I'm here because I'm concerned and interested and want to make sure everything is done the right way.”
“Everyone is worried about traffic congestion and we are trying to do some things to improve it, but I don't like any of the apartments,” Lamarche added. “I think there are too many apartments now.”
John Steinberger lives in the Choto community just a few miles from the road and said this will affect his daily commute.
“We are concerned about the impact of high-density development on traffic and accidents, as well as rising insurance premiums,” he explained.
Steinberger said he is not completely against the idea of designating a mixed-use town center, but just wants the space to be practical for the community.
“There are positive elements,” he added. “I would be happy if there were more shops and services.”
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