Oak Ridge Chamber of Commerce's 
Message to the Business Community to Rally Support for 
Selling the Boeing Tract Floodplain Strip for Development

 
Date: Wed, 8 Nov 2000 13:12:56 -0500
Dear Friend:

The Oak Ridge Chamber of Commerce needs your help to spur the development of 1500 new homes in Oak Ridge.  Specifically, we need you to drop by the Chamber any time between 10:00 AM and 1:00 PM on Tuesday, November 14.

Here's why:

For more than two years your Oak Ridge Chamber of Commerce and other business and community leaders have been working with Oak Ridge Properties, a company that is planning to develop 1500 homes and approximately 500 acres of business property in Oak Ridge.  The development is planned for the 1200 acre Boeing site in the west end of the city.  Mike Ross, who developed Rarity Bay - a first class lakeside residential and golf community located adjacent to Tellico Village in Loudon and Monroe Counties -  is one of the principals in the project.  Homes will range from condominiums to luxury waterfront dwellings.  Plans include a significant number of competitively priced homes.

We need your help to transform this opportunity into reality.

In order for the development to move forward, a 182 acre strip of flood plain along the river must be transferred from the Department of Energy (DOE) to Oak Ridge Properties.  Before this transfer can occur, DOE must conduct an environmental assessment that will evaluate the potential impact of conveying this strip of floodplain to the developer.  As part of the DOE "public comment period" an informal session has been scheduled on Tuesday, November 14 at the Oak Ridge Chamber of Commerce.  The session will begin at 10:00 AM and will conclude at 1:00 PM.  This is not a typical public hearing; no formal presentation is planned.  It is an opportunity to informally meet with DOE and the developers, ask questions and provide comments.

The business community cannot allow the benefits of this development to be overshadowed by those who may mobilize to oppose it.

Would you please drop by the Oak Ridge Chamber any time between 10:00 AM and 1:00 PM on Tuesday, November 14 to express your support?  It will not take long - 15 to 30 minutes will be enough.  The Chamber is located at 1400 Oak Ridge Turnpike, Oak Ridge, Tennessee.

Important facts to remember and to share during the public comment period are:

1.  This development can serve as a linchpin in efforts to extend infrastructure to the west end of Oak Ridge.

2.  1500 new homes can significantly expand the city's residential tax base.

3.  1500 new households will have a very positive impact on Oak Ridge retail sales.  New residents will become new customers and will stimulate more retail development.

4.  Rezoning appropriate for this development has already occurred.

Please e-mail me at hardy@orcc.org and let me know of your plans to attend - and please forward this message to others you believe will be supportive.

Sincerely,

Parker Hardy
President
Oak Ridge Chamber of Commerce

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