Johnson City commissioners to vote on design work for Winged Deer Park, West Walnut Street projects

Zach Vance • Mar 4, 2019 at 9:28 PM

Johnson City commissioners will vote Thursday on $1.53 million worth of contracted design work for two significant projects, the Winged Deer Park ball field expansion and West Walnut Street infrastructure improvements. 

The majority of that expense will be $1.43 million to contract with LDA Engineering to begin designing streetscape, stormwater and water/sewer improvements for the West Walnut Street district. 

The general fund will cover the $1.05 million cost for the streetscape design, with $700,000 already budgeted. City Manager Pete Peterson said an additional $358,000 will be allocated for next year’s budget to cover the remaining cost. 

That streetscape design will involve revising all roadways between Buffalo Street and University Parkway. Those improvements also call for underground utilities and an assessment of upgrading the intersection of University Parkway at West Walnut Street. A preliminary plan to extend Cherokee Street to West State of Franklin Road will be shown, but not part of the design.

Design of the water/sewer infrastructure upgrades will cost $282,000, which will come from the water/sewer fund, while $94,000 will come from the stormwater fund to design ways to mitigate run-off and floodplain loss. 

The Winged Deer Park proposal is divided into two projects, but the same company will do the contracted design work. 

It entails contracting with CHA Design and Construction Solutions for $59,750 to prepare plans to build five large diamond fields, a core building, a maintenance facility, warm-up area, playground and adequate parking on property adjacent to Winged Deer Park that was recently acquired by the city. 

In September, commissioners voted to purchase a 36-acre lot adjacent to the park from property owner Joe Wilson & Partners for $1.4 million.

In a separate proposal, commissioners will vote to contract with CHA Design and Construction Solutions for $46,750 to draw up a schematic design for development of Winged Deer Park’s lakefront property off Carroll Creek Road. That plan calls for building four soccer fields, a core building, an expanded parking lot, a walking trail and relocating volleyball courts. 

In other business, all four commissioners present at Monday’s special-called meeting voted to approve the second reading of a rezoning request for a warehouse at 220 E. Millard St. 

An unnamed auto parts manufacturer has expressed interest in temporarily locating there, according to Alicia Summers with the Northeast Tennessee Regional Economic Partnership, who is working with the property owner to fill the 65,000-square-foot warehouse. 

However, before the company makes any commitments, it wants the property rezoned from a B-3, or Supporting Central Business District, to an I-1, or Light Industrial District, to accommodate its assembly line.

The third and final reading of that rezoning request, along with a public comment session, will occur at Thursday’s 6 p.m. meeting at City Hall. 

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