Multi-million dollar Marble Alley project announced

Multi-million dollar Marble Alley project announced for downtown Knoxville

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An official announcement was made at the site by Buzz Goss, along with Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett and Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero. An official announcement was made at the site by Buzz Goss, along with Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett and Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero.
Marble Alley is planned to be a multi-phase development on State Street in downtown Knoxville. Marble Alley is planned to be a multi-phase development on State Street in downtown Knoxville.
The development will contain a courtyard and resort-style pool, with fitness and lounge facilities. The development will contain a courtyard and resort-style pool, with fitness and lounge facilities.

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - A multi-million dollar residential development first proposed three years ago took a big step forward Friday with an announcement by the developer, along with county and city leaders.

Marble Alley is planned to be a multi-phase development on State Street in downtown Knoxville, with the first phase getting underway in eight to 12 months.

Developer Buzz Goss and TDK Construction plan to build a 200,000-square-foot, three-to-five story residential development with a $15-20 million price tag.

An official announcement was made at the site by Goss, along with Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett and Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero.

Goss intends to build a 238 unit facility with a 350 space parking garage. It will contain a courtyard and resort-style pool, with fitness and lounge facilities.

Later phases call for a mixed-use space that includes commercial retailers.

City and county officials hope the planned development will infuse an additional boost to the already expanding downtown area.

"It'll connect the Old City with downtown," Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero said. "That's been a missing link here."

"We can always use more guests," said Richard Wozniak, the chief operating officer of Blue Coast Grille in Market Square. "They're local folks that are going to be looking for places that they can easily access and we think that'd be a win for us."

The property currently belongs to the county and has remained under-used for several years.

"Government got in the middle of it and messed it up, and now the private enterprise is taking over and is going to show us how it's done," Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett said.

A transfer of the property from the county to the developer will have to take place first before construction can begin.

Knox County acquired the property in the 1990s with intentions to build a downtown justice center, but those plans fell through.

Several ideas have been proposed for using the property since then, but none came to fruition.

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