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Construction booming in Southwest Knox County.

After a few slow years for the housing market, construction is booming in southwest Knox County.

Farragut and surrounding areas are welcoming new neighbors and businesses. The landscape in the area has changed over the last few months.

"It's a definite growth corridor for this section of Knox County." said developer John Huber.

He picked the Northshore Drive and Choto Road area to be the destination of his project, Choto Markets. He believes the area was a great spot to bring commercial business.

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"The residential construction in the area has been booming," said Huber.

A newly finished roundabout provides a safer route onto Northshore Drive. A street that many subdivisions have been built off of.

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Privately held land is constantly being sold to neighborhood developers.

"There was a lot of demand for residential construction in this area," said Huber, "And it's certainly starting to show now."

Starting in 2013, developers have seen "dramatic growth" returning to the area, he said.

In the Falcon Pointe neighborhood, developers are continuing to expand. It's one of many ares appealing for its location in south Knox County.

"It's just a wonderful place to live," said Huber of southwest Knoxville, "It's still very close to Turkey Creek, you can get to Pellissippi Parkway, yet you feel like you're a million miles away from everything."

Though its not something being discussed now, an anticipated rise in population could require construction of another school.

"School systems are looking at schools In that area and how the zoning is in that area," said Knox County Commission Chairman Brad Anders," As you get that growth, you're going to need that infrastructure

The Metropolitan Planning Commission kicks off 2015 with a meeting at 1:30 p.m. Thursday. The organization is scheduled to discuss rezoning property next to Falcon Pointe as well as seven different conceptual subdivision plans around the Knoxville area.


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