Johnson City officials are in negotiations to do a “land swap” that would allow the city to open up a large portion of Brush Creek and facilitate the movement of floodwater into Founder’s Park, while also creating a landscaped pedestrian walkway along West State of Franklin Road.
Public Works Director Phil Pindzola said this week the city is considering buying the vacant Kelly’s Foods property at the corner of Sevier Street and West State of Franklin. The city would then work out a deal that allows Church Brothers Family Fun Store, now located at 917 W. Watauga Ave., to relocate on the former Kelly’s Foods site.
Pindzola said if the land swap is successful, it would help eliminate a major restriction where Brush Creek runs under Kelly’s Foods, and the Church Brothers property would be used for additional flood detention.
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