Harriman downtown success?

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By Cindy Simpson

At least two of 14 city-owned  downtown Harriman properties may soon be sold to prospective owners.
Proposals have been accepted by the Harriman Industrial Development Board for 307 and 319 Devonia St., and contracts are being worked out for sale.
“They are in negotiation,” said board member Bill Alexander. “Hopefully, we’ll get more. I keep hearing this one is interested and this one is interested.”
Harriman Mayor Chris Mason has said Ridgeview (Behavioral Health Services) wants to use one building for office space, and a large brick home known as the Adcock building will be used for a residence.
Ridgeview’s offer is $87,500 for 307 Devonia St., which was the former Roane Medical Women’s Center and adjoins Ridgeview’s current location. An offer of $38,000 was made for 319 Devonia St., a brick house.
Harriman Mayor Chris Mason was enthusiastic about the prospects.
“We have calls still coming in and some considering purchasing,” Mason said.
He and others have said it will take 10 years to revitalize downtown, especially since the sale of Roane Medical Center. After buying it, Covenant Health relocated the hospital to Midtown.
Now the city is working with Knoxville’s Community Development Corp. to make downtown an urban renewal district.
Another would-be property buyer is having a proposal reworked and may come back with something for 431 Roane St., officials said.
“We continue to have interest in the properties, and I expect there to be others submitted soon,” said Dina Jackson, who handles marketing for Harriman.
Harriman’s Industrial Development Board members are Chrystal Jones, Donna Demyanovich, Bill Alexander, David Gunther, Don Hensley and Rob Ahler.