November 9, 2007 - Knoxville residents
will have an opportunity next week to see - and comment on - the proposed
designs for the first phase of public improvements on the South Waterfront
The public meeting will be at 6 p.m., Tuesday, November 13, 2007,
at the Kerbela Shriners Temple at 315 Mimosa Avenue and will be
moderated by Dave Hill, senior director of the South Waterfront
"We're in a critical stage of the South Waterfront process
and we want feedback from our citizens," said Mayor Bill Haslam,
"and this meeting will give them a chance to let us know what
"We're making progress and intend to get some projects started
in 2008," he added. "These first projects will set the
tone for the quality of design and character consistent with the
Vision Plan and we want to get as much input as we can."
The meeting will provide the first opportunity for public review
of draft designs for projects to be considered for construction
during the next five years including: the Cityview Riverwalk and Blount Avenue streetscape,
Knoxville Shoals Promenade Riverwalk (in front of Baptist Hospital)
the western segment of River Road, River Plain Park and Lincoln
Sevier Avenue/Gay Street road improvements
Goose Creek Landing
Cherokee Trail Underpass
Island Home Avenue realignment
The University of Tennessee Pedestrian Bridge
All of the proposed projects were recommended in the city's South
Waterfront Vision Plan and Action Plan, adopted by the Knoxville
City Council in 2006.
The meeting format will include an open house from 6-6:30 p.m.
followed by a presentation by the city's consultant team, Hargreaves
Associates, for the South Waterfront that will include draft schematic
designs for the Phase I Public Improvements.
Those in attendance will also be able to examine several displays
of possible construction materials, lighting fixtures and other
items to help them visualize how the designs might look.
Comment forms will be available.
Hargreaves directed the project designs under a contract that
began in May of 2007 and runs through February of 2008. As part
of that agreement the firm will prepare the applications for the
necessary environmental permits for the various projects.
The design work was based on fieldwork conducted by several local
subcontractors including design firms, Benefield-Richters and
Ross/Fowler and the engineering firms of Cannon & Cannon and
Wilbur Smith Associates.
Once the project designs the individual projects will be selected
for final design and construction based on available funding.
For more information about next week's meeting or the South Waterfront
Development please contact Dave Hill at 215-3764.