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CUMBERLAND AVENUE PUBLIC MEETING
Cumberland Avenue Corridor ProjectKnoxville Cumberland Avenue Charrette
Table Session Input
December 5, 2006

Table 1. Make way for Transit!

Table 1 participants were skeptical about change because some of them had a long history as property owners in the area, but they were supportive of the three lane proposal and had ideas about transit in the area.

  • Minimize trolleys and buses on Cumberland
  • Have a trolley that connects the whole area
  • Create a bypass if necessary
  • Don’t send trolleys downtown
  • Remove utilities on street
  • Improve utilities in the alley
  • Leave cars parked and use the transit system
  • Alleys improved to accommodate deliveries

    They drew:

  • A trolley route through the district
  • Bus pull offs
  • Trees on Cumberland Ave.

    Table 2. In the Mix

    Table 2 participants wanted to answer every question and like the vision statement and the three lane option.

  • Art supplies and books
  • A mix that caters to students, staff, and residents 24/7
  • Make mixes vertical and make the university part of it
  • Should be welcoming to entire city
  • How do you handle Lake Avenue, connection between Cumberland and University
  • Wider sidewalks a necessity

    They drew:

  • Don’t change College Inn, between 18 th and 20 th on north side, the character of Cumberland through the university
  • Maintain access to medical facilities on north south streets
  • Address potential development at Mountcastle Park
  • Moved or underground utilities
  • Street tree with street furnishings
  • Changes radii on side streets to allow service vehicles to operate off of Cumberland
  • Striped bike lanes
  • Undeveloped spaces for bus pull offs
  • Gateway improvements on 17th

    Table 3. Parking – R – Us

    Table 3 Participants were very detailed in their recommendations, particular about parking, service and delivery and they wanted to keep the Ft. Sanders neighborhood character preserved.

  • No parking on Cumberland
  • Could UT/hospitals and merchants share parking as in White Ave garage?
  • What kinds of services to hospitals want for their staff?
  • How much can strip business be regulated…such as removing Panera out front parking?
  • How does the 3 lane option work with so many crosswalks?
  • Vision statement should be more pedestrian friendly
  • On street parking may make its own problems
  • Alley might be a better face for businesses with back porch seating and pedestrian traffic
  • Cars and deliveries have to go somewhere
  • Alleys will have to be widened
  • Best solution for vehicles may be border parking like UT
  • Underground parking may not be healthy because of fumes
  • Can delivery times be regulated to stop night deliveries?
  • Campus Pointe and new development could add grocery stores
  • Some deliveries need to be made very close to businesses, cases of beer
  • Keep Karnes Drugs, OCI, trees on White
  • White Ave. parking garage and some lots on west end of Fort for border lots
  • Reduce surface lots and build structure garages but must be safe
  • Safe access to Tyson Park via bikes and pedestrian
  • Divert some traffic from Cumberland to other streets? Side streets not built for speed.
  • Another northwest exit from neighborhood near Rohm and Haas
  • Reconfigure one way streets, 19th and 20th work well
  • Maximize Cumberland for pedestrian potential
  • One way streets are confusing
  • Parking off Concord

    They drew :

  • Taking Terrace and Lake Ave. to two way
  • OCI with storefront retail with parking above and behind
  • Parking garages at Cumberland and 22nd, White and 22nd.
  • Shared parking at 20th and White
  • Keep glorious trees and old homes on White
  • Alley with sidewalks and cafes between 18th and 19th, Cumberland and White
  • Railroad barrier to Tyson Park

    Table 4: I see the light

    Table 4 participants validated the vision statement and thought three lanes was a bad idea. They had lots to say about lighting, alleys, connections, parking and visual clutter.

  • Consistent lighting style…like World’s Fair Park
  • Ground lighting
  • Garage pick up time limited-no late night
  • Bike lane
  • Smaller less cluttered signs
  • Standards – enforced
  • Street parking on one side, bike lane on other
  • No street parking
  • Fewer bus stops
  • Underground utilities
  • Pros are density with income, proximity to downtown, multi-venue destination
  • Traffic lights/lighting not pedestrian friendly
  • Clean up filthy dirty alley between Lake and Cumberland
  • Eliminate ugly storefronts
  • Develop design standards for businesses
  • Restrict use of alley between Lake and Cumberland
  • Add no loitering signs behind restaurants
  • Sidewalk from Cumberland down Mountcastle to connect with Lake Ave. sidewalk
  • Lower price for parking at Lake Ave and 18th St. so more students use

    They drew:

  • Street trees and low street lights along Cumberland
  • Shared parking garages at 18th and White and at the UT garage on Lake.
  • Noted a dangerous condition on Cumberland between Alcoa and 22nd.
  • A greenway connection to Cumberland from Tyson Park
  • Crossed through on-street parking and drew bike lanes on the proposed section

    Table 5. Green Bike Team

    Table 5 participants had lots of ideas about how to redevelop the district in a more ecologically friendly way and they all wanted it to be more bike friendly.

  • Bike lanes/public transportation
  • Close several blocks to create a plaza like Market Square
  • Route through traffic Neyland
  • Shared parking in back
  • Bikeable neighborhoods
  • Create a plaza with a community garden
  • Small amphitheater, place for summer concerts/food/café
  • Beautiful parks
  • Ecologically and environmentally responsible construction
  • Where are materials coming from?
  • Community gardens
  • Locally owned businesses
  • Community led action, involvement and decision making on all levels
  • Less driving/drive-thrus
  • Solar panels on roofs
  • Green roofs
  • Bike lanes, bike lanes, bike lanes
  • Uses: grocery store, hardware store, park and plaza event space
  • Construction will impact businesses
  • Bury utilities
  • Design guidelines: no signs above buildings, third story development, give design boards more teeth
  • Blend university standards with corridor
  • Eliminate on-street parking
  • Use bays for transit (bus pull offs)
  • Less transit stops
  • Don’t kill off existing businesses

    They drew:

  • Shared parking at White and 21st…city to buy lot
  • Green space 19th block of Cumberland
  • Potential development at White and 18th
  • Crossed through front of store parking

    Table 6 The Big Vision

    Table 6 participants talked a lot about big ideas and long term prospects for the district. They wanted to make the most of Mountcastle park as well.

  • High density parking behind, less surface lots fronting Cumberland Ave.
  • Utility lines need to be underground/pedestrian scale
  • Limit types of bars, restaurants and such, more neighborhood uses
  • Use UT and existing parks as greenspace
  • Work with UT for parking and housing on back side of Cumberland
  • Sign ordinance
  • Lighting changes to be more pedestrian friendly
  • Create bicycle stands
  • Signal timing
  • Change one ways to two ways
  • Safe and secure street
  • Three lane to Tyson Park
  • Create overlay association
  • Limit delivery trucks to the rear
  • Make it a destination location
  • Decrease bars and create more unique retail/eateries with patios
  • Create safe connection to proposed sorority housing
  • High density public parking for business on strip
  • More bridges across Cumberland
  • Allow for second story pedestrian traffic
  • Use traffic calming method, landscaping, bumpouts on Cumberland
  • Internet accessible street
  • Neyland Drive- how can it take all the overflow without making it more disconnected, how to tie into waterfront development
  • Eliminate non-commercial on street parking
  • Use vertical space while maintaining pedestrian scale with buildings
  • Bike lanes essential
  • Area as residential would be for young professionals/doctors/students
  • More vegetation
  • Improve existing parks by making safer
  • Eliminate some side street parking to connect back to campus and strip
  • More high density parking and multi-story buildings
  • One ways are annoying and confusing
  • No on street parking, especially not parallel because they will cause traffic back up
  • Market Square is precedent for non-on street deliveries
  • Cumberland Avenue equals pedestrian priorities with three traffic lanes
  • Any green space needs to stay at street level, not roofs
  • Existing and or new development of commercial/residential and potentially rear/air access to buildings
  • Appropriate/compatible design transition between Cumberland and Ft. Sanders

    They drew:

  • Large anchor for Main Street at 22nd and Cumberland
  • North side of Cumberland multi use to the street edge all along
  • Back side is high density parking on White
  • South side of Cumberland, mix of uses and some purely retail with UTK parking decks lined with housing
  • Improved Mountcastle Park
  • Revamp existing UTK parking garage next to Mountcastle

    Table 8 Less is more

    Table 8 participants noted a number of things they wanted less of or removed altogether. They liked both on street parking and the three lane proposal.

  • Less predatory parking lots
  • Less curb cuts
  • Less fast food and gas stations
  • Go high vertical on Cumberland, step down on Lake and White
  • Alleys for service vehicles
  • Three lanes yes
  • On street parking yes
  • Integrate development from front to back with alley access
  • Hawkeye’s parking for parking structure
  • Green connection from Cumberland to Mountcastle Park
  • Route traffic to Neyland as possible
  • How many surface parking spaces exist now in Ft. Sanders?
  • Less duplication of services
  • Signalize cross walks and enforce jaywalking
  • Shared parking
  • Five to six stories or more on Cumberland (mixed use)

    They drew:

  • Parking garage on Terrace next to UT parking garage
  • Trees all down Cumberland from 22nd to 16th
  • Preserve existing houses on Lake and White
  • Redeveloped Walgreens lot
  • A build to line on Cumberland
  • Shared parking on parking lots used by Ft. Sanders Hospital
  • Preserve the Longbranch
  • Preserve retail edge along Cumberland between 18th and 19th

    Table 10 Making the Connection

    Table 10 participants wanted to strengthen internal and external connections. They had a lot to say about the types of appropriate development and the need for an effective mix of uses throughout.

  • Strengthen the connections to downtown
  • Concern about bike lanes
  • Concern about connecting bike lanes, sidewalks and lighting
  • Concern about activating parks
  • Panhandling
  • Concern about development on three lanes….mixed use maybe incompatible uses
  • Residential focus on north side
  • Beware of treading on right of way…want to be able to build to right of way
  • Need more green space
  • Vision statement….should add mixed use
  • On street parking...strategic and ideally
  • Improve alley access
  • Clarify intent of development in vision statement

    They drew:

  • More commercial on Cumberland and White, 19th to 22nd
  • Cumberland and 17th a possible center
  • Designated bus stops, example at Cumberland and 18th
  • Residential between Cumberland and Clinch and 19th and 17th
  • Keep Mountcastle Park
  • Keep Longbranch
  • Keep residential edge at Lake between Volunteer Blvd and Mountcastle
  • Scale of large student housing on White out of scale for neighborhood
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