Clearing behind Lowe’s has many people guessing

For the past few weeks, many people have wondered just what is going on behind Lowe’s on U.S. 70 West. They have noticed the land being cleared and graded and wondered if it might become the site for a new restaurant or retail store. On Thursday morning, workers were busy burning accumulated brush from the site.

For the past few weeks, many people have wondered just what is going on behind Lowe’s on U.S. 70 West.

They have noticed the land being cleared and graded and speculated if it might become the site for a new restaurant or retail store.

As it turns out, no new development is planned for that site. However, it does have a connection with a new apartment complex planned for Marion.

Earlier, this month, after inquiries from readers, The McDowell News asked City Manager Bob Boyette about any plans for development on the site. Boyette said Great Meadows Corp. in Spruce Pine, the owner of the land behind Lowe’s, advised him in August about some clearing and grading activity taking place at that spot.

“They said no development is planned at this time,” said Boyette.

The McDowell News reached out to Byron Phillips with Great Meadows. He said his company has nothing planned for that section of land at this time.

“We have nothing on the drawing board for now,” he said.

He added before anything can be built there, the land has to be elevated because it is in a flood plain.

“We have a permit to fill that area,” he said. “It has to come up 6 feet to get it out of the flood plain.”

Indeed in 2003, a large mound of dirt was first placed at the site for the Lowe’s Home Improvement Warehouse before construction on that store could begin.

Earlier this year, a new 60-unit multi-family apartment complex was announced for Marion. It will be located on the right side of McDowell High School Road at the corner with the five lane, opposite the Bojangles restaurant.

Phillips said the site for that apartment complex will have to be leveled before construction can begin. The dirt from the apartment complex site will be trucked to the property behind Lowe’s so that land can be raised up, he added.

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