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JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (WJHL) — Steel is rising across from Johnson City’s West Market Street Walmart as crews from Deerfield Construction move forward on a $2 million auto center.

Workers at a $2 million construction project across from the Walmart on West Market Street, Johnson City, Tenn. The property is slated for an auto repair center. (WJHL photo)

All signs point to the final product being the Tri-Cities’ first Caliber Collision location. The company has more than 1,500 locations nationwide with two in Asheville, N.C. being the closest to the area. The “job/searcher” website includes a full-time position for a Caliber Collision auto body technician in Johnson City.

A Caliber spokesperson reached Thursday morning by News Channel 11 was working to confirm and gather information on the Johnson City site.

Deerfield Construction is listed as the builder. Cross Development, which has developed other sites for Caliber, purchased the 2.9 acres this spring.

WHAT: A 16,345 square-foot auto body repair shop on a 2.9-acre tract.

WHERE: 2904 West Market Street (between Discount Tire and Williams Electric)

WHO: Cross Development of Carrollton, TX paid $650,000 for the property April 22, 2022.

WHEN: Building permit obtained April 28, 2022. The operator has not yet announced a projected opening date.

YOUR TAX BENEFIT: About $42,000 annually in property taxes (Washington County and Johnson City combined) based on a $2 million assessed value for the building plus the land value. Sales taxes from the repair work will largely benefit local schools.

NEXT WEEK: Farming houses in Jonesborough.