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BLOUNTVILLE, Tenn. (WJHL) — Developer K.D. Moore is bringing a car wash and mini-storage center to 6.5 acres near the Food City on Tennessee Highway 394.

It’s phase one of a project on roughly 21 acres Moore purchased in June 2022 for just under $900,000. Plans for the second phase are nearing completion.

A rendering of Highway 394 self storage, set for completion in late fall. (KBM Commercial Properties)

Moore estimates the car wash and mini-storage businesses will have a total value of around $10 million when completed.

The storage, which will include both climate-controlled and non-climate-controlled options, will total about 75,000 square feet of space in five separate buildings on four acres.

The car wash opened near the end of January and sits on about 2.5 acres.

Moore said he expects the storage units to open in late fall. Footers for the buildings will be poured before the end of February.

KBM Commercial Properties will own and manage both the car wash and storage center, which is similar to several others Moore has built recently including a just-opened one on Highway 11W in Kingsport.

WHAT: A new “TruShine” car wash and 75,000 square feet of self-storage space (“394 Self Storage”), occupying a total of about 8.5 acres.

WHERE: 1912 Highway 394, Blountville.

WHO: KBM Commercial Properties (regional developer K.D. Moore). Moore’s TrueLine Construction Company is the builder.

WHEN: Car wash opened in late January. Construction of the self-storage buildings is set to begin in late February and be complete in the fourth quarter of 2023.

YOUR TAX BENEFIT: Moore estimates the project at a valuation of $10 million. If assessed at $10 million, it would generate nearly $100,000 annually in Sullivan County property taxes.