County Residents Want Retail Development At Bray Property
A large crowd turned out last Wednesday evening to hear and share their opinion on possible uses the Bray Property, which has been renamed to the Riverside Development plan.
From staff reports
Nearly 100 concerned Scott County citizens came out last Wednesday to Weber City Elementary School to participate in the Economic Development Authority’s public hearing on the Bray property in Weber City.
The majority of those in attendance were vocal in their support of retail development on the site, particularly locating a Wal-Mart.
Scott Wilson, the project manager with Thompson & Litton, discussed plans for the Riverside Development with regards to creating jobs for Scott County. He and his team have been in discussion about the highest and best use of the 93-acre property as a mixed use development.
According to Wilson, the priority is to create jobs for Scott County.
Joe Fuller and John Kilgore of the Scott County Economic Development Authority board along with LENOWISCO have had the help of Thompson & Litton as well as Siteworks Studios, a landscape architecture group.
A master plan of the 93-acre property will be formed over the next 10 years which will allow for the EDA to apply for funding for improvements to infrastructure to support the proposed development.
Steven Lee Johnson of Sitework Studios discussed possible alternative energy uses as part of the plan. He and his team completed a market analysis of Washington County, Va. and Hawkins and Sullivan Counties, Tenn. in order to find what the site could best benefit from.
Proposed land uses include office use, highway commercial such as restaurants and banks, mixed-use such as multiple level buildings with a variety of offices, lodging, civic uses such as festivals or a farmer’s market and recreation in front of the Holston River.
The next part of the process includes a proposed land use plan with a public hearing.
The team then questioned the crowd to as what Scott County means to them and what image is put in your head when you discuss it. Suggestions from the crowd included a music venue, theme park, assisted living center, restaurants such as a Golden Corral, shops such as Wal-Mart, Home Depot and Bass Pro Shop and hotels.
Tax break incentives will not be offered to businesses as of now, according to Kilgore.
Siteworks Studios plans to have possible alternative energy uses as a future development for the businesses to attract them to the area with low operating costs.