City of Knoxville hears ideas on developing Jackson Ave.

City of Knoxville hears ideas on developing Jackson Ave.

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The City intended to bring the warehouses back from a long-standing blighted state into productive use. Since the Feb. 1 fire, Mayor Madeline Rogero has reiterated the City's commitment to redeveloping all of the properties it owns on Jackson Avenue. The City intended to bring the warehouses back from a long-standing blighted state into productive use. Since the Feb. 1 fire, Mayor Madeline Rogero has reiterated the City's commitment to redeveloping all of the properties it owns on Jackson Avenue.
Potential developers, advocates for downtown and anyone with and idea was invited to attend the public forum on how to proceed with reshaping the 500 block of West Jackson Avenue. Potential developers, advocates for downtown and anyone with and idea was invited to attend the public forum on how to proceed with reshaping the 500 block of West Jackson Avenue.

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Dozens of people attended a meeting with City of Knoxville officials about the future of Jackson Avenue in Downtown.

Potential developers, advocates for downtown and anyone with and idea was invited to attend the public forum on how to proceed with reshaping the 500 block of West Jackson Avenue.

City leaders, including Madeline Rogero, attended the meeting. They say the block is a bland slate and they were excited to hear the public's ideas.

"If we can get the right mix of housing, of commercial, of whatever else we might hear tonight, then it can be very exciting for our future," said City Council member Bob Whetsel before the meeting.

A major fire in 2007, followed by another on Feb. 1 earlier this year, destroyed the five historic McClung Warehouses buildings that had once towered above the 500 block of West Jackson, between Gay Street and Broadway, near the Old City.

The City intended to bring the warehouses back from a long-standing blighted state into productive use. Since the Feb. 1 fire, Mayor Madeline Rogero has reiterated the City's commitment to redeveloping all of the properties it owns on Jackson Avenue.

Input from Thursday's forum will be used to develop plans and issuance of a Request for Proposals, expected to go out this summer. Feedback gathered during the forum will be made public.  

 

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