Officials with Northeast State Community College have spent the week cleaning up water damage at the Downtown Centre left in the wake of Sunday’s flood.
Northeast State will be renting the facility from the Johnson City Development Authority so the college can operate a Washington County teaching site in the downtown area.
“It wasn’t as much water as we thought other than heavy rain that has caused us problems before,” said Steven Campbell, Northeast State vice president for business affairs.
The building had minor flooding issues, which saw water build up in the elevator shaft and stairwells.
The college is working alongside Johnson City-based Shaw and Shanks Architects, the design firm behind the downtown teaching site, and a roofing company to fix the roof in order to alleviate any future water issues.
Next week, the school plans to clean the parking garage, which will be closed for several days toward the latter half of the week.
The college will host a kickoff meeting Monday at 10 a.m. at the Downtown Centre with representatives of the Tennessee Board of Regents.
In other business, Washington County Economic Development Council CEO Robert Reynolds said the announcement that Tupelo Honey Cafe will open its fourth location at the historic CC&O Railroad Depot on State of Franklin Road has been well received by the community.
The Asheville, N.C.-based restaurant made the announcement last week to open the location by fall 2013 after visiting with officials from each of the Tri-Cities.
Reynolds said Tupelo’s owner and creative team were impressed by the efforts being made by the city to reshape the downtown area.
“It was a great win for the community and it’s already spurring more interest,” he said.
Another announcement for the downtown area is expected to be made in the next few weeks.