New apartments going up in fast-growing area of Hardin Valley

New apartments going up in fast-growing community of Hardin Valley

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Construction crews broke ground on The Preserve at Hardin Valley apartment development Monday. Construction crews broke ground on The Preserve at Hardin Valley apartment development Monday.
"This district gained about 50,000 people in the last census so this area is going to burst as soon as this economy turns again," said Knox County Commissioner Brad Anders. "This district gained about 50,000 people in the last census so this area is going to burst as soon as this economy turns again," said Knox County Commissioner Brad Anders.
The Preserve will have 296 luxury apartments with more options that developers hope will encourage even more growth. The Preserve will have 296 luxury apartments with more options that developers hope will encourage even more growth.
"In five days, we moved 20,000 yards, where it would have taken two weeks to do that same amount of time. Same amount of work," said Brian McKinney of the GPS technology used in excavating. "In five days, we moved 20,000 yards, where it would have taken two weeks to do that same amount of time. Same amount of work," said Brian McKinney of the GPS technology used in excavating.

By HAYLEY HARMON
6 News Anchor/Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - A massive new housing complex is going up in Hardin Valley, in an attempt to meet the needs of one of the fastest-growing communities in Knox County.

Construction crews broke ground on the new apartment development Monday.

The Preserve at Hardin Valley will be located off of Solway Road, directly beside Pellissippi State Community College.

It's the biggest residential project to hit Knox County in many years and is expected to cost $28 million.

Knox County officials said because the Hardin Valley area is booming with growth, so, too, is the need for housing.

"Really the fastest-growing area in the region. This district gained about 50,000 people in the last census so this area is going to burst as soon as this economy turns again," said Knox County Commissioner Brad Anders.

The Preserve will have 296 luxury apartments with more options that developers hope will encourage even more growth.

"Really close proximity to restaurants and retail facilities and the interstate system. It's really convenient for anywhere in Knoxville," said Mike Murphy, one of The Preserve at Hardin Valley's development partners.

They're using new GPS technology to make the project move faster.

A master GPS station on the site feeds information to screens on the bulldozers, helping to keep operators right on track.

"On that screen, it'll tell you where you're at on the job at all times. Have you filled enough in this particular area or have you cut enough? Or are you in the building path or are you in the street?," said Brian McKinney of McKinney Excavating.

The system takes the guesswork out of clearing the site, cutting work time in half.

"In five days, we moved 20,000 yards, where it would have taken two weeks to do that same amount of time. Same amount of work," said McKinney.

The GPS system even handles a bit of the manual labor.

"It will work the blade and move it and do it for you and all you do is steer it," said McKinney.

Some of the apartments will be ready beginning in Summer 2013.

Once the entire complex is complete, it will have one, two and three bedroom units, which are expected to rent for between $840 and $1200 dollars a month.

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