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'Conversion' of JC park space becomes waiting game

By GARY B. GRAY Johnson City Press • Jan 28, 2017 at 1:08 AM

JOHNSON CITY — Replacing Johnson City’s eerily vacant Optimist Park with recreational offerings at Keefauver farm has not only been a municipal task, but also a state and federal bureaucratic obstacle course with “conversion” as the end goal.

The Tennessee Department of Environment Conservation approved the city’s recommendation for the property conversion “many, many months ago,” as City Manager Pete Peterson put it. However, final approval comes from the National Park Service.

“After multiple inquiries, the National Park Service informed us that we needed an updated appraisal,” Peterson said this week. “We ordered the new appraisal, and will have that to TDEC by the end of the month. They will review it and forward it on for final review and consideration of approval of the conversion.

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