Projects Bus Tour

Community Development Director

Becky Wade
bwade@knoxvilletn.gov
(865) 215-2865

400 Main St., Room 532
Knoxville, TN 37902

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PROJECTS BUS TOUR

The Projects Bus Tour will leave the Hyatt Place Knoxville / Downtown at 1:30 p.m. and return by 4:30 p.m. 
Buses will load on the side of hotel on Clinch Avenue.

Click here for a printable Projects Bus Tour [PDF]


605 SEVIER AVE.  |  COMPUTER SYSTEMS PLUS
Our first façade program project on Sevier Avenue, completed in 2015, is home to a 30-year-old technology company. Resulting improvements led to a 30 percent increase in property value.

• City of Knoxville $52,000
• Owner $27,000 exterior improvements
• 18 jobs retained and 4 new jobs created


605 Sevier Ave Before605 Sevier Ave AFter
700 SEVIER AVE.  |  HONEYBEE COFFEE
This previously vacant structure now houses a neighborhood coffee house on the street level and two market-rate lofts on the second floor. The appraised value more than tripled.

• City of Knoxville $50,000
• Owner $64,000 exterior improvements
• 10 new jobs created


700 Sevier Ave700 Sevier After
822 SEVIER AVE.  |  KEN HILL  (under construction retail / housing)
This long-vacant structure is being converted into two retail spaces on ground floor, with three new lofts being created on second floor (one will be owner occupied).

• City of Knoxville $50,000
• Owner $27,000 exterior improvements; $250,000+ interior improvements
• 10 new jobs projected


822 Sevier Ave
906 SEVIER AVE.  |  HI-WIRE BREWERY  (under construction)
This previously vacant and deteriorating structure is now home to Hi-Wire Brewing in rear and upper portions of building. The front areas of the building are being developed into grocery retail, other retail and a restaurant.

• City of Knoxville $100,000
• Owners $177,000 exterior improvements; $1 million + estimated interior improvements
• 20 new jobs in brewery; 80+ projected for additional businesses


906 Sevier Ave Hi Wire
1130 SEVIER AVE.  |  ALLIANCE BREWING
This previously vacant building now houses South Knoxville’s first craft brewery, as well as two retail shops and an architect office. The building’s appraisal doubled after the completion of renovations.

• City of Knoxville $50,000
• Owners $23,000 exterior improvements
• 20 new jobs


1130 Sevier Ave1130 Sevier Ave
1147 SEVIER AVE.  |  LANDING HOUSE RESTAURANT
This nearly 100-year-old home previously housed the Tennessee Wing Civil Air Patrol. Now it’s a cozy, locally owned restaurant serving Chinese, Cambodian, and French-inspired food in an inviting, homey atmosphere. The Landing House opened in July 2017 as one of the first restaurants on Sevier Ave.

• City of Knoxville $42,000
• Owners $9,000 exterior improvements
• 10 new jobs


1147 Sevier Ave1147 Sevier Ave
2712 MARTIN MILL PIKE  |  SOUTHSIDE FLATS (under construction)
Southside Flats is a 172-unit affordable apartment community being developed by Nashville-based Elmington Capital Group. The development will have 84 one-bedroom units, 51 two-bedroom units and 37 three-bedroom units. The City is providing $360,000 in local funds and $540,000 in HOME funds. The remaining approximately $29 million is being funded with four-percent tax credits, bond financing and a deferred developer fee.

The City has restricted 36 units to households earning less than 50 percent AMI, and remaining units are restricted to households earning less than 60 percent AMI. All units have rent restrictions, and 60 units will have project-based vouchers through the local public housing authority, Knoxville’s Community Development Corporation (KCDC).

Southside Flats is projected to start leasing in November 2019.


Southside Flats construction
115 FLENNIKEN AVE.  |  FLENNIKEN LANDING
Flenniken Landing is a 48-unit permanent supportive housing development that opened November 12, 2011. The fully restored historic schoolhouse is LEED for Homes Gold and Energy Star certified. A prime example of the Housing First concept, Flenniken houses people who were previously chronically homeless and provides them with 24/7 on-site staff and full-time case managers who help residents with the challenges and successes of reestablishing stable life choices. The stability of permanent housing and a strong community provides the foundation for residents to address the other underlying issues that had caused them to be homeless.

Flenniken Before Flenniken Before
EAST KNOXVILLE  |  FIVE POINTS
In 2009, Knoxville’s Community Development Corporation (KCDC) began a multiyear, multiphase revitalization of public housing East Knoxville’s Five Points neighborhood. Named for the original intersection of East Vine Avenue (now Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue), Ben Hur Avenue, McCalla Avenue and two sections of Olive Street, Five Points was home to two large KCDC properties built in the 1960s: Walter P. Taylor Homes and the Dr. Lee L. Williams Senior Complex.

KCDC is now is the final and fourth phase of redevelopment that began over a decade ago. Phase 1 was realized in 2017 with the opening of The Residences at Five Points, a three-story, 90-unit complex of housing for seniors and people with disabilities. Phase 2, a 10-building, 84-unit affordable housing community, opened in 2018. Also in 2018, construction began on Phase 3, a 28-building, 80-unit affordable housing community. Phase 3 is nearing completion, and many units are already occupied.

When complete, the entire development will include 330 affordable housing units. The City of Knoxville has committed over $13 million for utilities, sidewalks, street lights and other infrastructure. Construction costs were funded through both federal funds and private loans via the HUD Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) program.


Five Points Five Points
3900 MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. AVE.   |  (under construction)
Previously a jewelry store, but vacant for many years. The location is now nearing the completion of exterior renovations, and negotiations are underway with possible tenants. The Burlington Commercial District was an important part of community life in Burlington up until the 1980s, when most of the existing businesses closed and/or moved elsewhere.

• City of Knoxville $50,000
• Owners $109,000


3900 MLK JR AVE Before3900 MLK JR AVE Before
1300 MCCALLA AVE.  |  BIRD ON THE WIRE STUDIOS
Artist / Maker Derek White established Bird on the Wire Studios in 2012, creating a collaborative space for maker projects, architectural element design/creation, and as a catalyst for the Knoxville maker community. White moved to his current location in 2017. Please note the Shou Sugi Ban (charred Cedar) siding details around the building.

 • City of Knoxville $50,000
• Owner $25,000 investment in the building façade


1300 McCalla Ave



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