The Oak Ridge Planning Commission has approved, with conditions, a final plan for construction for three new commercial buildings and a parking area in the location of the current American Museum of Science and Energy (AMSE).
The plan is for a 55,000 square foot grocery/retail space that will be unique for the Oak Ridge area. City Officials say it is going to be a unique store and it is very different than any other store in Oak Ridge. The name will be announced at a later date. There also will be an 8,000 square foot tire store going in and that store will be call Tire Discounters. they specialize in tires, oil changes and brake jobs, they also do several fluid checks for cars, truck and fleet vehicles. There will also be 5,800 square feet building for restaurant or retail space that will be named later.
The plans also show places for walking, trees, and parking.
This is all new to the same area where Oak Ridge Main Street has been built. Several new businesses opened last year in the old Oak Ridge Mall location and the area is seeing a lot of new growth. Belks, JC Penny, rebuilt the front of their stores along with new stores like, Electronics Express, Ulta, Petsmart, Dicks, TJ Maxx, Rue 21, and Maurices. Tinseltown Movie Theater also just put in recliners so you can enjoy the movie experience in comfort. There is also a Freddys Frozen Custard and Steakburger that is being built right now and should be open by fall.
There is also talk of a health clinic going in the area but right now it is just talk. The clinic is pending an approval of a land transfer.
Right now the conditions are still in a concept plan and things will be looked at like water and sewer, storm water drainage, utilities. Also traffic and sidewalks will be looked at and how Oak Ridge can improve the flow of traffic in and around the area.
So you may be wandering where the AMSE is going to move to, well its going to be moved over to the old Sears building near the new Oak Ridge Main Street and and have over 100,000 square feet for displays and exhibits for kids of all ages to play with and learn the history of Oak Ridge. Everything will be on 1 floor so it will accessible for everyone.
Come visit the new Oak Ridge Main Street and see all the new shopping and development in the area and stay with us here at Oak Ridge Lodging. We have fully furnished units that are ready and waiting for you. We offer Efficiency, Studio, One Bedroom, One Bedroom Deluxe and 2 Bedroom units. All of the units are move in ready. One price covers everything including water, power, cable TV and internet, We also offer weekly housekeeping. So please come visit us and the Oak Ridge Area.