KNOXVILLE — During the Knoxville City Council meeting on Tuesday, the council reviewed a few rezoning requests in the area.

A property owner attended the meeting to hear about his rezoning request for 401 And 407 N Kent and three lots with no physical address.

The property in question is classified as a C-1 Residential — Commercial District. The property owner said he uses the area to “sell things” and deal junk, calling it a salvage operation.

However, the city staff reviewed the situation and determined a C-1 Residential could not be used for such purposes.

On July 20, the owner submitted a request to rezone the property from a C-1 to M-1 so he could continue his business.

On August 24, the Planning and Zoning Commission reviewed this request unanimously recommended to the council to deny the rezoning.

According to a report, CSO Meredith Clark received two email complaints concerning the property owned by McCormick Enterprises. The email stated the property “makes our city look bad.”

Former CSO Warrell has received similar complaints related to the property as well.

During an Operation Clean Sweep last June, Clark inspected the property and found multiple City Codes were violated. A notice of the findings was left on the office door.

After discussion, the council followed the recommendation and decided to deny the rezoning request.

For other rezoning matters, the council approved a survey to split the property into two parcels, which is currently occupied by Kading Properties. The parcels will be rezoned into a multi-family residential.

The council also approved a change order for the Competine Trail project for curb and gutter construction. The trail recently had a ribbon cutting this week.

The next Knoxville City Council meeting will be on Sept. 20, beginning at 6:15 p.m.

Sarah Stortz can be reached at Follow her on Twitter @sarah__stortz.

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