Masengill Springs - Food City development

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Fair Warning

Morristown, TN

#1 Aug 15, 2012
The jobs and tax revenue numbers stated by Bunch Investments for this proposed development are so inflated as to be laughable. Most Food City workers earn $8.00 an hour, and many are part-time. Same for Bojangles, Dollar Tree,and any restaurants that might come in at some unknown future point. You won't be getting a pension or benefits or putting your kids through college with these kinds of jobs. The plan has never shown the FEMA flood plain. 20 of the 34 acres will be paved initially, and almost half of the Food City building and parking lot, as well as the two enormous retention ponds directly behind houses on Collins St. will be in that flood plain. No guarantees that proposed flood control measure will work. No guarantees that road changes will solve increased traffic problems. No guarantees that out parcels will ever be developed. Yet some members of City Council call this economic development. Bunch Investments may use something called "Tax Increment Financing" to finance this debacle. If this plan turns out to be a bust, the city will have succeeded in downgrading a 50-year old neighborhood with more than 140 homeowners, and taxpayers will be stuck with the bill to fix any problems this project creates. If you live near undeveloped land that's zoned residential or agricultural, watch out. It can always be rezoned commercial, and politically connected developers and large corporations can move in and change your life forever.
answer

Morristown, TN

#2 Aug 15, 2012
Then Bunch Development can put in a low housing development. Would you like that better. Our city is being held back from growing and improving. That area is becoming an eyesore and needs to be improved.
Progressive

Morristown, TN

#3 Aug 15, 2012


When a prospective client come to our fair city and want to start a new industry/plant etc., they look at what we have to offer like our schools, malls and stores. And that my friends is why we do get bypassed over. So if you want to keep us in the dark ages and not be able to compete with new industry just keep saying no to new projects that would help us all.
Citizen

Morristown, TN

#4 Aug 15, 2012
The Bunches sure did a great job on the East end with that new food city! Wish that we had one on the west end
Fair Warning

Morristown, TN

#5 Aug 15, 2012
Citizen wrote:
The Bunches sure did a great job on the East end with that new food city! Wish that we had one on the west end
Yes, the one on the east end is nice. The site is not in a flood plain, no access road issues, no large residential neighborhood to be impacted.
Taxpayer

Morristown, TN

#6 Aug 15, 2012
To Fairwarning, I do not think that our city will ever grow if we set back and act like chicken little and say what if this does not work and that might not work. We would still be in the dark ages to think like you do. Do you really think that the devoplers have not and will not look into all these areas that you have discussed before the sky falls? I do not think that we can afford not to let this be built, we need the tax revenue and we need growth so we can allure more industry to our city.
Fair Warning

Morristown, TN

#7 Aug 15, 2012
answer wrote:
Then Bunch Development can put in a low housing development. Would you like that better. Our city is being held back from growing and improving. That area is becoming an eyesore and needs to be improved.
Last time I looked, Country Club Estates was not an eyesore. Tell that to George McGuffin. He lives there.
so u know

Charlotte, NC

#8 Aug 15, 2012
fair warning is worried about looking at the back of a food city and worried about her property value going down the 140 residents thru a fit at council but the vast majority of motown being 60,000 plus want it as we live in a democracy majority rules. had to put a period at the end for the english professors online btw bite me lol lol
Answer

Morristown, TN

#9 Aug 15, 2012
Fair Warning wrote:
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Last time I looked, Country Club Estates was not an eyesore. Tell that to George McGuffin. He lives there.
The first section of Walters Drive is and so is the undeveloped lot on West Andrew Johnson
so u know

Charlotte, NC

#10 Aug 15, 2012
whats funny i didnt see mcguffin there throwing a fit like a two yo either
people are crazy

Fort Campbell, TN

#11 Aug 15, 2012
Jobs are Jobs. Most people who are unemployed would like to have one of these jobs. This is not to mention the people who are already employed by the current Food City who will lose their jobs when the current location closes as they promised it will do because of the terrible location. I beleive the Food City would be a major upgrade to the location that is a blight on the business corridor as it stands. I think these "concerned citizens" should be more worried about the rundown hispanic apartment complexes next door hurting property values more than the new commercial structures. The Bunchs have turned many rundown structures in town into productive parts of town look at Sherwood Commons and the former Berkline store as prime examples.
Need to know

Morristown, TN

#12 Aug 16, 2012
There are plenty of other vacant properties to put that store! How about the rock pile on Morris Blvd. Regarding the comment about throwing a fit at a City Council meeting...have you been to one? They are a joke! Every citizen has a right to speak. Even you! How would you like to have that store in your back yard? Where do you live? Perhaps you should go to a Council meeting and recommend an alternative location, or better yet, you could buy one of the affected houses and cry your heart out when your basement floods and your property is condemned!

How about Merchants Green? The property on AJ Hwy. needs to be improved. I agree with that, but it could be developed into smaller stores on the road front and not in the flood plane. Traffic already sucks in that area.
Y Man
#13 Aug 16, 2012
Need to know wrote:
There are plenty of other vacant properties to put that store! How about the rock pile on Morris Blvd. Regarding the comment about throwing a fit at a City Council meeting...have you been to one? They are a joke! Every citizen has a right to speak. Even you! How would you like to have that store in your back yard? Where do you live? Perhaps you should go to a Council meeting and recommend an alternative location, or better yet, you could buy one of the affected houses and cry your heart out when your basement floods and your property is condemned!
How about Merchants Green? The property on AJ Hwy. needs to be improved. I agree with that, but it could be developed into smaller stores on the road front and not in the flood plane. Traffic already sucks in that area.
The problem with any of those other areas is Food City ie the tenant does not want to be on those sites. They have lloked at all the other sites and said this is the one that is suitable for them.
Yogurt king
#14 Aug 16, 2012
Anybody remember back in the day when urban development was the buzz word? Isn't that where the overhead sidewalks came from? The old JC Penny building downtown that burned gave the city a good excuse to redo the whole area and spend money. How is that working out now?
Maybe

Morristown, TN

#15 Aug 17, 2012
Maybe everyone is sick of food city-high prices, moldy produce, out-dated merchandise, etc. That's their real problem, not location. How about trying to get a decent grocery store?
so u know
#16 Aug 17, 2012
Need to know wrote:
There are plenty of other vacant properties to put that store! How about the rock pile on Morris Blvd. Regarding the comment about throwing a fit at a City Council meeting...have you been to one? They are a joke! Every citizen has a right to speak. Even you! How would you like to have that store in your back yard? Where do you live? Perhaps you should go to a Council meeting and recommend an alternative location, or better yet, you could buy one of the affected houses and cry your heart out when your basement floods and your property is condemned!
How about Merchants Green? The property on AJ Hwy. needs to be improved. I agree with that, but it could be developed into smaller stores on the road front and not in the flood plane. Traffic already sucks in that area.
Actually i have been to several meetings got up spent my three minutes on the floor then sat down didnt try to stuff fifty dollars in bunches face etc etc..... and no i would not like a store in my back yard but thats why i dont live in the city things like that are bound to happen when u live on top of each other in the city. Food city chose that location not the bunches...
Maybe

Morristown, TN

#17 Aug 17, 2012
It doesn't matter who chose the location-it's not suitable for many reasons one of which is their requirement for an access to a road other than AJ. The residents and neighboring businesses don't want it there and that is far more important than what the business wants. This development will ultimately cost the city (taxpayers-meaning you) money. The heavy handed tactics used by the developers is not appreciated by council, residents or food city. Word is food city is looking at other properties and developers. These guys are posturing and threatening to save their bank accounts. Residents would be less opposed if they would simply move the store closer to AJ but they refuse because it would limit the number of other parcels of property they could sell. It would make more sense for food city to want to be closer to AJ rather than being a half a mile back in a swampy field.
dingbats

Sevierville, TN

#18 Nov 22, 2012
ok people get real, if food city does not go into the location it is already zoned for project housing that does not need city council approval it is already government approved. so all those people that bitched about the food city, welcome to project world, crime, drugs, and you may offically pat your self on the back because it will be your fault that it has come to your back yard. congrats.
why 468

Morristown, TN

#19 Nov 22, 2012
Fair Warning wrote:
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Last time I looked, Country Club Estates was not an eyesore. Tell that to George McGuffin. He lives there.
lol lol have you open your eyes u spaz Mexico city is right there o let me guess those are your workers to your business and his heaven forbid something look nice in morristown
dingbats

Morristown, TN

#20 Nov 25, 2012
why 468 wrote:
<quoted text>lol lol have you open your eyes u spaz Mexico city is right there o let me guess those are your workers to your business and his heaven forbid something look nice in morristown
no dont have a business or any workers just a local resident that actully listens to the city council meetings and how the country club estates people let the part where projects will be built there went over the heads like a slick pig. at least if food city comes in there will be a beautiful park that the country club can access and use .

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