| August 3, 2005 - Mayor
Bill Haslam hosted a groundbreaking celebration today to mark the
beginning of construction of two new houses in the Historic Fourth
and Gill Neighborhood.
The homes will be built on long-vacant, city-owned property, and
special attention has been given to ensure the homes designs are
in keeping with the characteristics of the historic neighborhood.
The City of Knoxville had earlier issued a request for proposals
for the construction of single-family homes on the site of the old
McCallie School, which was demolished in 1995.
Proceeds from the sale of the lots will be used to improve a neighborhood
park that covers the remainder of the site.
"This project is a win for the city and the Fourth and Gill
neighborhood," Mayor Haslam said. "We're putting land
back on the tax rolls and improving the property with homes and
a park to the benefit of the neighborhood and at no cost to taxpayers."
The lots have been purchased by Drs. John and Judith Neff, and
Juan Mino and Iryna Loboda.
The Neff residence has been designed as a contemporary version
of a Victorian house by local architect Elizabeth Eason of EEArchitecture.
The roof reflects the hipped roofs and gables of Victorians in the
neighborhood. A large front porch, a second floor porch and a bay
add additional scale and massing that is typical of homes in the
Fourth & Gill neighborhood. The Neffs have been residents of
downtown Knoxville for more than 12 years.
Mino, an intern architect, designed his family's home, a new 1-1/2
story building of Craftsman-derived design with wood weatherboard
siding, metal gabled roof with gabled dormers and accessory garage
at rear of lot. Mino is a former resident of the Fourth and Gill
neighborhood who now lives in Old North Knoxville.
"I want to thank these new Fourth and Gill neighbors for their
investment in the heart of Knoxville, the neighborhood for embracing
this idea, the Historic Zonining Commission for their work on approving
these designs, and City staff for their efforts in making this project
a reality," Mayor Haslam said.
"The end result benefits taxpayers and this wonderful neighborhood."