Intimate Treasures construction in Bristol TN stopped by court order

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A Sullivan County Chancery Court judge issued a temporary injunction Wednesday that halts construction of an adult-oriented store off of Bristol, Tennessee's Volunteer Parkway.

Court documents obtained by News 5 say adjacent property owners Richie and Roma Phillips have registered deeds that contain restrictive covenants in the Sunnybrook area where an Intimate Treasures store has begun building that limit development to residential only.

The Phillips also contend in the suit that their property value has already decreased since January from $110,000 to $89,000 following a tax assessor review.

The city's Board of Zoning Appeals heard several comments from residents opposing the store last month before granting the owner's request to build in that area.

Wednesday's ruling says "all construction shall immediately cease, pending further hearing" to determine if Intimate Treasures developer Mark Hatfield had notice of the covenants at the time he purchased the property.