City council approves Tennova rezoning, TIF financing

City council approves Tennova rezoning, TIF financing

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"I think the people of Knoxville and the surrounding areas need top of the line healthcare and they deserve it and the only way we can provide this is if we have top-of-the-line facilities," said Gwen Agee. "I think the people of Knoxville and the surrounding areas need top of the line healthcare and they deserve it and the only way we can provide this is if we have top-of-the-line facilities," said Gwen Agee.
"I think three of the council members represented their constituents and five didn't," said Rocky Swingle. "I think three of the council members represented their constituents and five didn't," said Rocky Swingle.

KNOXVILLE (WATE) – Despite six people speaking out against rezoning for a new hospital, Knoxville's city council passed the ordinance on a second reading.

Tennova plans to build on 110 acres in West Knoxville at Middlebrook Pike near Old Weisgarber Road. Several neighbors we spoke to were not happy with the five to three vote.

"I think three of the council members represented their constituents and five didn't," said Rocky Swingle.

Gwen Agee, however, was pleased with the passage of the ordinance.

"I think the people of Knoxville and the surrounding areas need top of the line healthcare and they deserve it and the only way we can provide this is if we have top-of-the-line facilities," said Agee.

Tennova will take its hospital plans to the state for further approval.

Council members also approved $22 million in tax increment financing, or TIF, for the former Baptist Hospital site.

It's the largest TIF in city history and will help fund a $165 million plan to redevelop Knoxville's south waterfront.

The next step is approval by the county commission at the end of the month.

 

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