Broadway-Fifth Task Force Meeting Notes
|June 22, 2006 - Committee
to focus on Broadway/Fifth Avenue area
28, 2006 Meeting
7, 2006 Meeting
17, 2006 Meeting
3, 2006 Meeting
21, 2006 Meeting
6, 2006 Meeting
20, 2006 Meeting
8, 2006 Meeting
|Next meeting is scheduled
for Thursday, October 12th at 12 noon at St. John's Lutheran
August 3, 2006
St. John's Lutheran Church
Task Force members present:
Councilman Chris Woodhull, Bill Lyons, Mark Hipshire, Patrick McInturf,
Bob, Alvin Nance, Mike Dunthorn, Gordon Catlett, Steve Meisienheimer,
Cathy Chesney, Burt Rosen, Ginny Weatherstone, David Nix, Daniel Schuh,
Councilman Bob Becker,David Hutchins, Ann Schneider.Amanda Rich Kim
Trent, Thea Peterson, Pan Walker, Bob Whetsel, Dan Hughes, Tina Rosling
Chris Woodhull opened the meeting asking if anyone had anything to bring up of a general nature. Tina Rosling commented on the recent
4th and Gill Neighborhood meeting with Burt Rosen that the people the neighborhoods are discussing who are causing problems do not seem to
be the same people that the shelters talk about that they are helping. She noted that this gap in understanding still needs to be bridged.
Daniel Schuh asked if there is a means of tracking who is in the various shelters and programs, and if the City envisions hiring outreach caseworkers who will work aggressively to get the homeless off the streets. Mike Dunthorn commented that the Ten Year Plan to End Chronic Homelessness calls for the use of a Homeless Management Information System (HMIS), a multi-agency database that allows shelters and services to log and share information on their services
and on homeless clients. The HMIS is currently being rolled out in cooperation with the UT College of Social Work. Mike also said that the Ten Year Plan calls for more outreach caseworkers, but that they are not necessarily anticipated to be City employees. While that option is possible, resources would have to be allocated and approved to carry that out.
Chris Woodhull then reviewed the work and discussions of the past five meetings, and noted that there may be some frustration among committee
members who wonder "when are we going to do something?" Chris noted that there are both short term and long-term solutions to be
considered. He proposed a mission statement for the Task Force as follows:
The Purpose of the initiative is to create within the city of Knoxville a livable, enjoyable and sustainable environment of homeless
care, business growth, and strong neighborhoods within the reaches of the 5th and Broadway intersection. This initiative will be presented
to the Mayor in the form of a written plan. The 5th and Broadway Task Force will continue to meet on a monthly basis to create a feedback
loop for the plan. This plan is rooted in shared interest and common sense. The success of this initiative depends upon all parties operating in good faith
ways that honor the shared struggles of the entire community.
Chris suggested a "medical model" for looking at the solutions: "inhibit the inhibitors and jumpstart the resources." Chris suggested
that there are technical problems which can be `fixed,' and adaptive problems which require a larger change.
Woodhull proposed that the Task Force approach the problems in four
areas, as `four legs of a stool.'
The four areas are:
Unified homeless strategy, shift culture
City service support
The group discussed these areas and agreed that the four areas should
be pursued simultaneously.
Chris also noted a number of action items that can be pursued in
the near term:
1. Lights under the interstate
2. Panhandling and loitering ordinance
3. Trash pickup
4. Delivery lane
5. Old Grey Surveillance
6. Turn lane in front of adult bookstore
7. Midway building
8. KICCUP support
9. Pull homeless off the street under the interstate
10. Tactical police support in key areas: drug and prostitution on the
east side of Old Gray; Broadway, area underneath interstate and
11. 20 people plan (proposed by Burt Rosen)
Burt explained the "20 people plan." At the last meeting, Captain Catlett had a list of the 20 most frequent repeat offenders, people
who were picked up by the police in the area on a routine basis. KARM did a cross-check of those names on their database, and found that
some had been there only once, others many times in that last year. Burt spoke to the Attorney General about the possibility of a program
of alternative sentencing for these individuals. Rather than sentencing them to jail for repeat misdemeanors, sentence them to a
residential program at KARM for 30 days, where they would have to engage in self-improvement programs. Some might stay and continue
after their sentence, while others would leave as soon as possible. For those who stay, something better has happened, for those who
leave, the community is no worse off that if they were coming back out of jail. Further discussions of the idea with both the Attorney
General and the Public Defender will proceed to see if the idea is viable.
Bill Lyons said he is arranging meetings with TDOT to seek better solutions for the areas under the interstate. Since this portion of
the interstate is scheduled for major work, the opportunity is there for improvements in usage and design for the areas under the elevated
highway. This includes both lighting and creative designs for various uses.
Bill also noted that the Ten Year Plan task force is a separate group, and that while there is overlap between that group and this one, that
group will be developing and implementing the long-term strategies to improve the problems of homelessness.
Bill also discussed the concept of a redevelopment plan for the area. Such an initiative can help to not cede the area to be `just where
homeless people are.' A redevelopment plan would be structured to incentivize a defined vision of land use and growth for the area. The
100-Block of Gay Street was cited as an example of a successful area where homeless services coexist with new residential and commercial
Alvin Nance of KCDC discussed the process for establishing a redevelopment area. This group and the community would make a
recommendation to the Mayor that a plan be considered. The Mayor would then take that to City Council. If Council approved the
measure, they would formally request KCDC to create the plan. KCDC would them enter into a public process to engage residents and
businesses in the area to seek input into the overall goals of such a plan and to establish a boundary. Following that public process, the
plan would come back to City Council for adoption. An adopted plan would then provide to this area the special tools and incentives
available only within redevelopment areas.
Bill and Alvin discussed some of those tools and incentives they allow such as Tax Increment Financing (TIFs). They also noted that some
property owners resist the establishment of redevelopment areas, because of the KCDC's power of eminent domain in such areas. While
that tool is useful to clear titles for abandoned properties and similar issues, many property owners will want reassurance that the
uses of such a tool would be well defined in the plan. It was noted that this process does give residents and business owners the
opportunity to have a greater say in the long-term land use plan for their community, and that property values of those who remain in place
are improved by the work that happens as a result of a plan.
Mechanicsville was cited as a local example of a neighborhood that wasimproved through this process.
Renee Davis discussed MPC's current work on a "small area plan" for the area. This is not a redevelopment plan, but does look at land use
and zoning issues and make recommendations. While this plan is still under development, Renee noted three concepts that could improve the
area under study: 1. Continue an urban fabric moving up Broadway and Central from downtown; 2. As TDOT does the work on the Interstate,
there are new opportunities to have defined gateways into the neighborhoods as you cross under the highway from downtown; and 3.
There are opportunities to reconnect the different neighborhoods North along Broadway with improved land use and pedestrian-friendly
The next meeting of this task force is scheduled for noon, August 17,2006 at St. John's Lutheran Church.