The City of Knoxville will break ground on the new Knoxville
Station Transit Center on June 9, 2008 after receiving the final
approval for the $27 million project.
The Federal Transit Administration issued its finding that the
project would have no significant environmental impact to the city
during the last week in September 2007.
That approval was the last one the city needed to move forward
with the work and allowed Knoxville to close the deal to purchase
the 1.57 acre tract at the east end of the Church Avenue Viaduct.
It is the current location of American Accessories and the city
purchased the property and building for $1.85 million.
"I'm very pleased with the decision of the Federal Transit
Administration and we're eager to get started making this much-talked
about station into a reality," said Mayor Bill Haslam. "This
new station is much-needed and it will serve our citizens very well
for many years to come."
Galyon, the PBA's director of project development and information
technology, said that currently planners are finishing up the preliminary
engineering and moving forward with the final design of the building.
He said that it is tentatively slated for completion in the fall
Transit consultants and a design committee had looked at more than
30 potential sites downtown before deciding that the best place
for the new Knoxville Station would be at the east end of the Church
Avenue Viaduct near the city's Civic Coliseum. They based that decision
on a combination of location, construction costs and operating costs.
The project is being funded with a mix of federal, state and local
fund with the city providing about $3.5 million for the project.