Major retail development could soon be on the way for Boones Creek.
A spokesperson for Tennessee Governor Bill Lee told News Channel 11 the governor signed the “Regional Retail Tourism Development District Act” on Friday.
The act is like the “Border Region Retail Tourism Development District act” that helped spearhead the Pinnacle retail development site on the Tennessee/Virginia border in Bristol.
The goal of the act is to create a sizable retail district off Interstate 26, near Exit 17, to attract more business and economic growth for the Boones Creek community of Washington County.
News Channel 11 first brought the news of the act earlier this month.
Developer Joe Wilson and a group of other developers helped push the bill through by asking legislators to create the act for Washington County, Tennessee.
With Gov. Lee’s signature, the fate of the act now falls in the hands of Johnson City leaders to pass an ordinance to designate the exact location and boundaries of the district, which will include hundreds of acreage.
No businesses have been mentioned for the possible location at this time. In a recent interview with News Channel 11, Sen. Rusty Crowe stated he heard there has been some interest from Costco to set up shop in the area.