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Downtown Kingsport Association plans to build on its multiple successes from 2013

Hank Hayes • Feb 22, 2014 at 5:18 PM

KINGSPORT — The Downtown Kingsport Association’s game plan for this year looks much like what happened last year — recruit more specialty retailers and restaurants, and help developers craft loft living space.

In its annual report, DKA President John Barber described 2013 as a “year of transition” for downtown Kingsport.

Sherri Mosley was hired as DKA’s new executive director and by mid-year moved DKA’s office from the historic Gem Theatre on Main Street to a Broad Street location.

A mid-summer flood affecting more than 65 businesses put Mosley in crisis management mode. She worked toward raising more than $62,000 to help 31 affected businesses offset clean-up expenses, according to DKA’s annual report.

Overall downtown retail sales, meanwhile, went up nearly 6 percent to $145.6 million in 2013, while the city of Kingsport reported property values increased by more than $8 million during the year. The city also said building permits for the year totaled $1.4 million, with property values increasing for 15 straight years.

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