Residents take action against possible development on former dump site
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) — Neighbors of an East Knoxville community became concerned when they learned of a proposed development in a wooded area behind their homes. The undeveloped 32-acre plot had once been a city trash dump, and a 30-year-old state study called the property a potential environmental liability.
The Shangri-La Drive neighborhood in East Knoxville is lined with well-manicured lawns and cared for homes many of them built around 35 to 45 years ago. Just to the south of the neighborhood and bordered by railroad tracks is a 32-acre densely wooded tract of land that was once a city landfill that was closed in the late 1960s, according to city records.
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