Knoxville to host forum on downtown redevelopment

Knoxville to host forum on downtown redevelopment

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The city is holding a downtown summit Nov. 19 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the East Tennessee History Center to talk about the big picture of downtown redevelopments and everyone is invited. The city is holding a downtown summit Nov. 19 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the East Tennessee History Center to talk about the big picture of downtown redevelopments and everyone is invited.

By SAMANTHA MANNING
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - The City of Knoxville wants to hear from the public about the future of downtown Knoxville redevelopment and provide updates on downtown revitalization.

The city is holding a downtown summit Nov. 19 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the East Tennessee History Center to talk about the big picture of downtown redevelopments and everyone is invited, though the city is especially encouraging downtown residents and business and property owners to attend.

"I've lived here all my life and I've seen a lot of change," Kenneth Rouse said.

Rouse plays guitar in Market Square about two to three times a week and said the city has been successful in bringing new business and attractions over the years.

Many business owners agreed with Rouse, but some said there is room for improvement, particularly with the city's use of signs.

"For people that don't come down too often, they may have issues with finding where the parking garages are," Bliss co-owner Scott Schimmel said. "There are also some missing signs as well."

Schimmel said he plans to bring up the issue of signs during the summit and believes the public forum will be beneficial for the entire community.

"I want to applaud the city because I'm glad to see the city cares about the residents and the business owners," Schimmel said. "That's great they're asking people to get together and give their input."

Downtown resident Eric Hilton said he's hoping the forum will give the public a chance to speak with fellow residents about keeping the streets and sidewalks cleaner.

"I think the citizens of the city need to be a little bit more responsible cleaning up after their dogs," Hilton said.

The city said it also plans to discuss the revitalization of the South Knoxville waterfront and issues like parking.

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