KINGSPORT — Kingsport and Food City have reached an agreement over road improvements near the company’s downtown location, which has now resulted in a firmer construction schedule for the carousel project, officials said Monday.
Over the past six years, Engage Kingsport — a group of woodcarvers and volunteers — has been working to re-create a traditional carousel in downtown Kingsport, complete with 32 wooden animals and chariots. The plan is for the carousel to be housed in a 70-foot roundhouse adjacent to the Kingsport Farmers Market.
This past summer, the Board of Mayor and Aldermen agreed to buy back from Food City a 0.6 acre lot on Clinchfield Street for $140,000 to fulfill a promise to Engage Kingsport that Kingsport would build a small city park adjacent to the carousel.
The lot is located between the two entrances to the new Food City shopping center, and according to the plan, one of the entrances would have to be closed to accommodate the carousel.
In light of this, Kingsport agreed to certain stipulations regarding the property. During a BMA work session Monday afternoon, city officials said Kingsport and Food City have come to terms over the property.For an expanded version of this article, please see Tuesday's print edition or our expanded electronic edition.