Voters sign petition to stop condos being built behind historic home

While casting their ballots in the Knox County primary election on Tuesday, some voters also voted to keep a piece of property with a historic house on from being rezoned.

Many voters at the Sequoyah Elementary precinct signed a petition to stop the rezoning of the property where the Christenberry home now sits. The home was built in the 1920's and is located on Kingston Pike in Sequoyah Hills.

Its owners submitted a request to the Metropolitan Planning Commission to rezone the property to allow about two dozen condominiums to be built on the property behind the house.

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The Kingston Pike Sequoyah Hills Association, which is behind the petition, is against that move.

"We think it sets a dangerous precedent because if this property is allowed to be rezoned for condominiums all of Kingston Pike could be," said Jim Bletner, part of the the King Pike Sequoyah Hills Association.

The association also says the section of Kingston Pike where the house sits has been the site of several car crashes. Members believe an increase in traffic associated with condos could only increase the risks.

The Kingston Pike Sequoyah Hills Association will discuss the rezoning issue at its annual meeting this Thursday at 7:00 pm at Sequoyah Hills Presbyterian Church.


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