Downtown apartments planned in Johnson City

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (AP) -- A development partnership plans to build a residential and retail complex in downtown Johnson City.

The Johnson City Press reported Thursday that Main Street Partners submitted paperwork to city planners for a 27,000-square-foot development that would include retail space and 25 apartment units.

One of the partners, pharmacy owner Guy Wilson, said on Wednesday financing is in place for the project, estimated at $2 million-plus. The other partners are Rab Summers, owner of Summers-Taylor in Elizabethton, and Tim Jones, former publisher of the Johnson City Press.

City long-range planning coordinator Steve Nelson saw the plans Wednesday and said the partners hope to begin construction in June on the downtown corner of South Roan Street and State of Franklin Road.

Final approval is needed from the City Commission.

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