Wal-Mart Love Creek
Wal-Mart Stores East, L.P. (Wal-Mart) proposes to expand its existing store at 3051 Kinzel Way, Knoxville, Knox County, Tennessee to a larger super center. To accomplish the planned expansion, Wal-Mart would relocate 1,096 linear feet of Love Creek between Miles 3.2 and 3.4 and 263 linear feet of an unnamed tributary to Love Creek at Mile 3.3 (see U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) final environmental assessment (EA) for project details). The store expansion would also affect three adjacent wetlands due to alteration or fill activities. Stream and wetland impacts would be mitigated onsite by enhancements created by one larger wetland (3:1 ratio). An easement on Wal-Mart property would also allow the City of Knoxville to construct a public greenway to connect to a portion of the proposed East Knoxville Greenway Trail System. Wal-Mart proposes to provide improved services to the community and derive economic benefits by expanding their current retail facility at its existing location. The expansion would also benefit the local economy and increase Knoxville and surrounding area job opportunities.
Construction of an obstruction and placement of fill in the Love Creek floodplain both require a TVA Section 26a permit. TVA issued its permit on April 4.
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Finding of No Significant Impact (PDF, 344 kb)
A copy of the USACE final EA and Finding of No Significant Impact document (referenced attachments) can be provided upon request. Write Stanford E. Davis, Tennessee Valley Authority, 400 W. Summit Hill Dr. WT 8C, Knoxville, TN 37902, or call him at 865-632-2915.
Comments, questions or a request for a copy of the EA may also be sent via e-mail to Stanford E. Davis.