|Final Public Meeting on Cumberland Avenue is Feb.
February 21, 2007 - The final public meeting
for input on the Cumberland Avenue Corridor Study will be at 6 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 22 in the University Center Ballroom. Ed McKinney,
project manager for the Glatting Jackson Kercher consultant team,
will make the presentation and field questions from the audience.
The study began last fall with a series of public and stakeholder
meetings and design charrettes resulting in preliminary plans presented
The plans show Cumberland Avenue Corridor transformed by a new three-lane
configuration from Twenty Second Street to Seventeenth Street, wider
sidewalks, street trees, room for bikes, street furniture, removal
of overhead utilities on Cumberland, on-street parking and bus stops.
In addition, a reconfigured Mountcastle Park would connect the University
to Cumberland Avenue and Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center and
address the desire for new high quality public space while setting
the stage for additional mixed-use development opportunities.
The work of the consultants has been overseen by an advisory committee
of diverse area stakeholders appointed by the Metropolitan Planning
Commission with input from Mayor Bill Haslam and UT Chancellor Loren
"A vital, thriving and well-designed Cumberland Avenue is important
to the health of the City of Knoxville," Mayor Haslam said. "It's
an important corridor linking downtown not only to the University
of Tennessee but also to our neighborhoods in West Knoxville. But
we want it to be more than just a corridor to travel through. We want
Cumberland Avenue to be a place where people want to stay to live
and work and shop. And this study will help us get there."
"We're grateful to everyone who participated in this process
and the city will be looking carefully at how to turn this plan into
a reality," Haslam added.
At the public meeting, consultants will focus on how to implement
the recommendations of the study. "We'll be looking at the necessary
first steps as well as overall costs," said Jeff Welch, director
of the Knoxville Regional Transportation Planning Organization, "This
is not a pie in the sky plan; the transformation could begin as soon
as the current downtown I-40 improvements are complete."
The study area for the urban design component is from Seventeenth
Street to Twenty Second Street and from Clinch Avenue to Lake Avenue.
The study area for the transportation analysis includes a broader
area from I-40 to the north, Neyland Drive on the west and south and
Henley Street to the east in order to assess the potential impacts
that changes to Cumberland Avenue may have on the surrounding street
system. The study is funded in part through an agreement with the
Tennessee Department of Transportation and will be completed by the
end of March.
For more information contact Jeff Welch at 215-2500 or visit www.knoxmpc.org/cumberland
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