Jackson Avenue to reopen to traffic after McClung fire

Jackson Avenue to reopen to traffic after McClung Warehouses fire


KNOXVILLE (WATE) - West Jackson Avenue between Gay and Henley streets is scheduled to reopen to vehicular traffic Thursday afternoon for the first time since the February 1 fire at the McClung Warehouses site.

The road will be reopened to two lanes of traffic, one in each direction, which is the same as before the fire.

Jackson Avenue is also now open to pedestrians. City crews are scheduled to begin improvements to the south sidewalk in the coming weeks. The sidewalk sustained some damage during operations after the fire.

The fire destroyed or badly damaged the two remaining structures on the site. Three buildings were destroyed in a 2007 fire.

The remaining structures were demolished, but cleanup on the site is expected to continue for several weeks.

The City of Knoxville plans to redevelop its Jackson Avenue properties, which it acquired in a settlement with a bankruptcy trustee. Officials hope a developer or developers can assume ownership by the end of the year.

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