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Williams, Ed E. III



In late 1965 and early 1966 controversy arose over rezoning of the Wattenbarger property in north Johnson City for the development of a Sears department store. It was felt by some city commissioners that approving the change would allow economic growth in the northern part of the city, while other commissioners and downtown business leaders feared such a change would adversely affect businesses in the central city. Eventually, the zoning was approved and the Johnson City Mall, anchored by the Sears store, was constructed on the property. Downtown Johnson City, indeed, suffered economic decline.

Found in 1 Collection or Record:

Johnson City Rezoning Collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: AppMs-0467
Scope and Contents

The Johnson City Rezoning Collection consists of newspaper clippings, property surveys (blueprint and transparency copies), and a photograph of the Sears department store related to the 1965-1966 rezoning of Roan Street property in Johnson City, Tennessee.

Dates: 1934-1966