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Residents, developers discuss potential new Powell shopping center

11:52 PM, Feb 18, 2013   |    comments
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For the first time Monday, residents talked with developers about plans to bring a new shopping center to Powell.

Kroger wants to build a store at the old airport site just off I-75 and Emory Road. The land is prone to flooding.

Developers say they will contain that water in a retention pond and flooding should not be an issue, but some neighbors worry about it backing up or overflowing onto their property.

"Once it's finished there will be no extra flooding. They're going to have a nice development; they're going to have a brand new store. They're going to have great sit-down restaurants; they're going to have easy access to the store. So it's going to enhance the community," said Knox County Commissioner R. Larry Smith.

"Just making sure that at the end of the day in 2015 when Kroger is supposed to open that it is going to be something that's going to be a workable situation for both us and for Kroger," said resident Gary Nelson.

The city council will vote Tuesday night whether to remove the property's flood zone designation, which would make way for the development.

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