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• I’m calling to let everyone know that on Sept. 10, the Knoxville-Knox County Planning Commission will vote on a rezoning change on Concord Road. This is that cleared land that is across from the retirement center. It’s zoned Neighborhood Commercial now, and that’s what the people of Farragut want. But this proposed rezoning is to High-Density Residential with 151 apartments, most likely three stories tall. This developer has applied for a low-income housing grant from the state. You can have your voice heard by sending an e-mail to Please let them know we want this to remain Commercial, that we look forward to having shops there like over at the Choto Markets. Please e-mail and call the Knoxville-Knox County Planning Commission and let them know that you do not want this rezoning.

• In response to the preliminary plans for a Farragut Town Center at the old Kroger location, and the solicitation for opinions (Through The Lens, Aug. 27 issue), I thought that it would be good, since it’s close to five schools within a nearby radius, to consider a gymnasium that could be utilized for sporting events and, once COVID(-19) is over, other gatherings. That was just (my) 2 cents worth. I know there’s a gym in the Senior Center, but it just seems like an ongoing need that an open-space gymnasium would be well-received in the community, given the number of schools in the nearby area, for a number of sporting events. And it can be a dual-purpose (facility).

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