No one likes to move.
Moving from Ohio to Fairfield Glade eight years ago was one of the more taxing, arduous times of my life.
But I was not forced to move. I was not told to move and then have the plans change later.
So you can imagine the “fun” that Century 21 Fountain Realty has had in recent months. That is to say — none.
But, thanks to their fine staff and a long-suffering attitude, they have not only survived the saga but will be better for it, too.
The Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) met with John and Pam Fountain back in 1999 when the proposal for Peavine Rd. expansion started. Located at 3867 Peavine Rd., the Century 21 Fountain Realty office was found to be “in the way” of progress.
“We were contacted by TDOT in 2011 and were finally acquired in March 2012. At that time we were told that we would have to move by mid-2013,” the Fountains told The Vista. “At that time we planned to build a new building on our eight-acre property.”
But things suddenly changed without warning.
“At that point, out of the blue, we were then informed that the normal procedure that TDOT normally followed had, for some unknown reason, been changed on the Peavine Road project,” the Fountains said. “The normal process was that properties that had been acquired by TDOT would be advertised for sale for removal in a specified timeframe.
“The revised process was that whichever contractor was granted the contract the “bid” price would include the contractor owning all the acquired structures. We were told that it could be a least two years before the buildings were removed. Obviously, we did not want a new building with the old one in front of it. So, we negotiated to buy back our building.”
But that was hardly the end of it. In June of 2012, the Fountains were told that their building had to be moved by Dec. 7, 2012. They tried to get an extension but TDOT refused to change the date.
“Our original building was located 120-feet north back from Peavine Road. To allow for a three-year construction easement, we subsequently moved the building back 125 feet,” said the Fountains.
But the “fun” was just getting started. At least for the construction crew.
On Sept. 19 last year, the folks at Fountain Realty vacated their building and moved to a temporary location in the Fairfield Towne Center. At that time, the building movers started the process of cutting the building (all 5,400 sq ft) into four sections for the move. During this time new underground electric and new water lines were run. New foundation and new septic systems were also installed. At the end of November all units were in place on the new foundation.
Building contractor, Billy Garrett of Cutt Above Construction took on the task of “putting it back together.” As well as new plumbing, new heat and air units and ductwork the building had to be re-wired and re-plumbed. The building had to be rejoined, therefore, new walls, ceilings, floors and of course new gabled roof with new front porch and concrete sidewalks. All the interior had to be painted and new flooring installed.
In recent weeks, Fountain Realty has moved back “home” — to its original, long-standing location — but in new, charming digs. The building is the same size and floor plan of the original but some of the hallways are now wider.
“We are extremely pleased with the end result. Billy did an amazing job for us,” the Fountains noted. “We still have outside work to be completed when the weather permits.”
Thankfully, the move did not hinder business for the company.
“Thanks to our great staff and team of REALTORS ® we saw no loss of business in the 5 months that we were in our temporary location. Everyone adapted to the situation and kept on working,” the Fountains noted.
So the next time you drive down Peavine, take a look at the new office. Notice how far back it sits off the road? That will give you an idea of where the “new” Peavine will be — once construction finally happens, that is.
“The orange stakes on our property show exactly where the new road right of way is, including the stakes for the construction easement,” said the Fountains. “”When the road eventually comes through we will be just five feet farther back than we were originally.”
Given the fact that the ONLY thing the State of Tennessee paid for was the Fountain’s cost of moving their contents and the cost of moving their large sign on Peavine Rd, that was a HUGE hassle! All for a mere five feet!
It makes my move from Ohio to Tennessee look about as difficult as someone rearranging their furniture.