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

February 22nd, 2014 5:18 pm by Hank Hayes

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

Sherri Mosley, DKA executive director, points to LampLight Theatre's move to Broad Street and loft development by John and Angela Vachon as key moments in 2013's successes. Times-News photo.

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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