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Potential Sullivan middle school sites could be worth $400K to more than $1.4M

Rick Wagner • Dec 9, 2016 at 8:08 PM

BLOUNTVILLE — Among the three potential sites for a middle school in Sullivan County, tax appraisal data indicates one could be worth around $400,000, another about $440,000 and a third, which includes two homes, more than $1.4 million. However, the third location has room for a future elementary school and is close to Sullivan East High School.

The 800-student school would cost about $20 million and would serve all middle school students in the East zone. They now attend Mary Hughes, Bluff City Middle and Holston Valley Middle.

The Board of Education at a called meeting at 9 a.m. Saturday, in the first-floor meeting room of the health and education building off the Blountville Bypass, is to narrow its choices for a new high school and new middle school site from three for each project down to one or two after getting information from architects on potential design options, site preparation costs and other information. The three high school sites rank in appraised value from about $500,000 to about $3 million, as reported Friday.

The buyer’s agent, Interstate Realty of Bristol, is to negotiate purchase prices with owners when a top site is chosen — if the County Commission approves $140 million in funding for countywide school facilities projects. The ownership and county tax appraisals for the three middle school sites, based on public records available online at the Tennessee Property Data home page, are as follows:

— The Weaver Pike/Harrington Hollow Road site, near Sullivan East High School and with enough room to build an elementary school in addition to a middle school, is 69.14 acres owned by Joseph Isaac Fleenor. It is in two parcels. One is a 15.23-acre tract closest to East with a land market value of $91,800 and no buildings, but a land use value of $19,200 upon which property taxes are based. The second is 54.18 acres with a land market value of $331,600 and improvements of barns and sheds at $16,700 for a total market appraisal of $348,300. However, the land use value is $93,300, which when added to the improvement value is $110,000 for tax purposes. It was a choice of six board members.

— The Thomas Road site, parallel to U.S. Highway 11-E but not adjacent to it, is a series of parcels totaling 94 acres.

Robert A. Butterworth and Eula G. Butterworth, trustees, own 19.72 acres with no improvements and a market appraisal of $151,800 but a land use value of $34,300 for tax purposes.They also have 62.82 acres with a total market appraisal of $410,500 and a use appraisal of $84,500. That would be a $562,300 appraisal for the Butterworth property.

Other owners of parcels in the proposed site are Michael and Pamela Denton, who own 5.05 acres with land market value of $70,900 and an improvement value, because of a house, of $294,500 for a market appraisal of $365,400; William Chad Sorrell, who owns 5.27 acres with no improvements and a market appraisal of $102,400; and Stephen and Melissa Dexter, who own 5.34 acres with a value of $73,900 and an improvement value for a home of $352,700 for a market appraisal of $426,600. That would be $894,400 for those three parcels. It was a choice of five board members.

All told, that would be a market appraisal for all parcels of $1,456,700.

— The Broyles Lane/Weaver Pike site, across state Route 394 or the Bristol Beltway from the Bristol Industrial Park and the Bristol Herald Courier printing plant, is owned by Joseph Isaac Fleenor, also the owner of the most popular choice among the board. He owns 142.9 acres, but the site proposal calls for 63 acres, one parcel of 17 acres adjoining 394 and 46 acres behind it that has a secondary access. The entire 142.9 acres would not be utilized for the site, but another proposed site would have used the same road frontage land and another section of this property. It was a choice of four board members.

All told, the 142.9 acres has a land market value of $783,400 and improvements, barns, sheds, a milk parlor and utility buildings, worth $75,500, for a total market appraisal of $858,900. However, the land is taxed on its use value of $177,600, which when added to the improvement value would be $253,100 on which property taxes are based. Cutting the market value a little more than half to account for splitting the site would bring it down to about $400,000 to $425,000.

Combined, the two parcels would have a market value of $440,100.

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