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Stream relocation property up for sale?

A Public Notice sign that sat for months on a controversial piece of property off Highway 11-E has been replaced with a new sign, one that indicates the property is now for sale.
Sitting at the corner of New Hope Road and 11-E, the property first made headlines when owners John Molder and Sonja Bailey applied for a state permit to relocate a stream on the property in order to build a gas station and convenience store there.
Following a public hearing in January and weeks of review, the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation granted the stream relocation permit in late February.
Shortly thereafter, a For Sale sign went up where the Public Notice sign once stood. On the sign, contact information is offered for Molder and another individual as well as the phrase, “Will Build to Suit.”
When contacted Friday afternoon, property owner John Moulder wasn’t willing to say much about his property or his future plans for it.
“I’ve got several acres over there,” Moulder said. However, he was noncommittal about what portion of the property is actually for sale.
When asked if plans to build a gas station and convenience store were still in the works, Moulder said, “There’s never been any plans.”
But detailed plans for such a facility were in fact presented at the public hearing where more than two dozen people showed up to protest the stream relocation.
When asked about those plans specifically, Moulder said they were still in the works.
“As it stands, that’s the plan, but nothing is definite,” Moulder said. “What amazes me is how such a small thing can even be considered a story.”
Following the approval of the stream relocation last month, engineer Todd Wood spoke on behalf of Moulder and his co-applicant, Sonya Bailey, saying the property owners would now have to garner a grading permit from the Town of Jonesborough as well as a storm water permit for construction from the state before the physical relocation of the stream could begin.
According to TDEC officials, the permit to relocate a portion of stream can remain valid for the property if it changes ownership provided there are no activity or project modifications, no pending enforcement actions, or any other changes which might affect the conditions contained in the permit.