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Evolve apartment complex approval process continues next week

March 13th, 2014 5:54 pm by Staff Report

Evolve apartment complex approval process continues next week

The proposed apartment complex intended for the land now occupied by the former Model Mill and Mize Farm & Garden Supply will proceed next week with a meeting schedule to approve a rezoning ordinance and a variance request allowing the construction for the five four-story buildings.

An email from Johnson City Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Gary Mabrey states that the project is scheduled for a third reading of the rezoning ordinance on the City Commission’s March 20 agenda.

The third and final reading was pulled from the commission’s March 6 meeting and the accompanying variance request was taken off the Board of Zoning Appeals’ meeting on March 11 by the corporation, Evolve Development, after a slew of residents and business owners spoke out against the measure at the commission’s meeting in February.

In the email, Mabrey states that, despite some heated comments to the contrary, Evolve’s proposed development is right for the community.

If the commissioners approve the ordinance next week, the variance is slated for the BZA’s April 1 meeting.

Once the BZA approves the variance, Mabrey said the company could close on the property within 30 days.

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