Knoxville leaders say they have not been approached by state Economic and Community Development Commissioner Randy Boyd about what he plans to do with the more than seven acres of property he bought last week in the Old City.
But, officials said, any major project in that area would require a major vetting process.
who owns the Tennessee Smokies baseball team in Sevierville, paid $6
million for one of the Knox Rail Salvage properties and a nearby parcel
The seller, Mike Frazier, told WBIR 10News that he
spoke with Boyd during their 18 months of negotiating and Boyd told him
what he wants to do with the property.
MORE: A closer look at Boyd's Old City land acquisitions
said it “will be an asset to the community,” but didn’t elaborate other
than to tell WBIR reporters they “might be on to something” when asked
about the long-running rumors that Boyd would build a stadium on the
land and potentially relocate the Smokies team.
Boyd, a local
businessman and philanthropist, told 10News that at this time he and his
wife “don’t have definite plans for this property.”
on Thursday said they’ve worked often with the Boyd family, but so far
haven’t talked with him about his latest land acquisition.
and Jenny Boyd are major property owners in the Old City, and so there
have been many city dealings with them in recent years on various
properties and projects,” said Jesse Mayshark, the city’s senior
director of communications and government relations. “But we have had no
proposals or requests from Randy Boyd or anyone else in regard to the
future use of the Knox Rail Salvage property.”
“Any request or proposal for any kind of public involvement in a
redevelopment project would have to go through extensive public
discussion and vetting, as is true of any redevelopment project.”
Rest of story, including the costs of moving the Smokies now, right HERE.