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Elizabethton City Council divides proceeds of recent bond sale between four city capital projects

John Thompson • Updated May 14, 2020 at 10:28 PM

ELIZABETHTON — The Elizabethton City Council approved the final split of the proceeds of a $4.5 million bond sale and approved on first reading a change in the minimum size of downtown lofts that would make more space available for residences in commercial buildings during a remote electronic meeting Thursday night.

The total proceeds of the recent bond sale were $4,490,749. That will be divided between the police department, the school department, the fire department and the parks and recreation department.

The largest share — $2,523,000 — goes to the police department for the renovation and expansion of the police station. That will include moving the criminal investigation division over from the basement of the Elizabethton/Carter County Public Library, and placing the department in the former Ritchie’s Furniture warehouse.

The next largest amount — $1,199,052 — goes to reroofing T.A. Dugger Junior High School and renovating bathrooms.

The Elizabethton Fire Department will receive $495,000 for a new fire truck.

The Elizabethton Parks and Recreation Department will receive $150,000 for a new maintenance building. The remaining proceeds will go to other capital projects.

The change in the ordinance for downtown residences will allow units to be 650 square feet. The current minimum is 800 square feet. The 650-square-feet minimum is the amount of the smallest units of newer apartment complexes in Elizabethton. The intent of the change is to make residential units more economical for developers in the downtown area.

The ordinance would also allow residential units to occupy no more than 51 percent of the ground floor, so long as they are located in the rear of the building.

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