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Eastman considering recreation area for new office building

June 1st, 2013 8:31 pm by Hank Hayes, NET News Service

Eastman considering recreation area for new office building

KINGSPORT — You simply can’t ignore prime real estate.

That appears to be the feeling at Kingsport-based Eastman Chemical Co., which is considering using its Wilcox Drive recreation area as the location for a new office building — a centerpiece in its $1.6 billion, seven-year “Project Inspire” initiative.

“Even though a decision has not been made, community partners and the city are working to make sure that there will be plenty of fields to accommodate play in the future,” Eastman spokeswoman Tracy Kilgore said in an email. “There is a transition team in place that is reviewing options for where new fields could be placed within the community. We have a lot of confidence that Project Inspire is going to mean new jobs and many other good things for the community. We know that working together, especially this early, that if the ballfields are displaced by building new corporate office space, then good options for relocating play within an area will be in place.” 

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