Formerly Shot's Trading Post

According to Lenoir City Mayor Matt Brookshire this is progress. Demolition has begun on the buildings standing on what is now land for the new city hall/safety building. The city has already invested around 1.7 million dollars to buy the property where Brookshire wants his new digs.

The city may very well need a new city hall but at what cost? Estimates on the new city hall have run from 2-3 million to 6-7 million depending on who you talk to. In reality what the city has done, is to take more than a million and a half dollars of mostly commercial property off the tax rolls, not including the loss of sales tax from the businesses that were eliminated and replaced it with nothing for a long time.

I guess that's progress.