USA Church of Life Full Gospel building demolished: 2.2-acre tract cleared for new Maryville Walgreens
By Iva Butler | (firstname.lastname@example.org)
A 2.2-acre tract is being cleared to make way for a new Walgreens on East Lamar Alexander Parkway in Maryville.
USA Church of Life Full Gospel at 1602 E. Lamar Alexander Parkway, two residences and a vacant lot have been purchased to make way for the new Walgreens, according to Buzz Copeland, a partner with M&M Southern Highlands development company.
Located at the intersection of East Lamar Alexander Parkway and Chantilly Lane, the new pharmacy will be across from Browns Creek Shopping Center.
Maryville City Council is moving to reduce the speed limit along that section of road from 30 and 50 miles per hour to 45 miles per hour from Jones Avenue to the city limits. Jones intersects the parkway and Washington Street at Highland Presbyterian Church.
In addition to a lower speed limit, a new traffic light will be installed at Chantilly to provide better access to the pharmacy and handle the increased traffic.
The Walgreens will have a different look from other company stores in the area, with round Southern-stye columns. It is a specialty design building, Copeland said.
General contractor on the project is Stethen-Smith Construction Company of Knoxville and the grading contractor is Sam Franklin and Son of Maryville.
Copeland said the 14,550-square-foot building should be complete and ready to turn over to Walgreens by April and open to the public around May.
A typical Walgreens employs 20 people.