A long-planned campus off West Market Street in Johnson City, which officials hope will serve as a site for business and job growth, could take another step toward fruition this week.
On Thursday, city commissioners will consider a $346,500 contract with engineering consultant S&ME Inc. to provide design services for a 30-acre, city-owned tract, which is part of the Innovation Park project. Funding will come from the Public Building Authority.
“This is just a continuation of working together with the PBA to develop that area and really find its highest and best use,” said Johnson City Mayor Joe Wise.
S&ME would be responsible for developing preliminary plans and final construction documents for roads, utilities and stormwater management on the property. Realty Trust Group, which is under contract with the PBA, would work with S&ME during the design and management of the construction phase.
City officials hopes to start construction on the road system and utilities in about 12 months.
What is Innovation Park?
In the 1980s, city leaders developed a plan to create a corridor from North State of Franklin Road near Med Tech Park to what is currently Millennium Park. City Manager Pete Peterson said officials intended to dedicate the land to medical technology and research and development, which would help foster job growth in the city.
Officials identified three anchors for the project: A north, a middle and a south. The north anchor is now Med…