Town grows by 900; sees biz progress in all areas of Farragut

It’s official: Farragut grew by about 900 residents since the Town undertook its own census in 2016.

Up to 23,506, “that’s our official 2020 Census count,” Town administrator David Smoak announced in his report to Shop Farragut/Farragut Business Alliance during its monthly meeting Wednesday morning, Sept. 8, in Town Hall.

Smoak painted an encouraging picture when updating the progress of Town business growth and construction, namely Top Golf, Town Center, Kingston Pike Village and Farragut Gateway.

As for the Biddle Farm Center along Brooklawn Street, “Once they get all of that down, they’ll start grading pretty rapidly to get the first commercial buildings up and running,” he said.

Along Outlet Drive, “Top Golf is coming along,” Smoak added. “They had little grading issues to deal with, but they got through it. The building should be coming out of the ground in the next couple of weeks.”

Looking west toward Dixie Lee Junction, “We’ve got Kingston Pike Village ... by the Loudon County line, that’s coming along well, too,” Smoak said about construction of the new multi-purpose center, at the corner of South Watt Road and Kingston Pike, which will be anchored by Food City.

As for Gateway’s growth, at the southeast corner of Kingston Pike and South Campbell Station Road, “they finally got a building permit for a restaurant to go into that corner right by Starbucks,” the Town administrator said without naming the restaurant.

On the northern side of Kingston Pike where Old Stage Road intersects to the South, “The Schaad property ... they did come to (Farragut Municipal) Planning Commission last month and got some good feedback from Commissioners on some ideas for their site plan. ... It’s a little bit of residential, and then some commercial.”