Ambitious Knoxville development plans announced during State of the City

Local News

During the annual State of the City Address, Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero touted economic progress in the city while announcing plans for expansive city developments.

More online: Read the full budget

The event was also to announce the Mayor’s proposed budget for the upcoming fiscal year, which contains no tax increase. Mayor Rogero announced plans for a combined headquarters for the police and fire Departments on the back portion of the Knoxville College campus. She says the project will cost $40 million.

Knoxville College will retain control of the campus’ many historic buildings as they work toward reestablishing an educational program. The plan is still contingent on approval from the college’s creditors.

The existing Safety Building, which opened in 1969, will be vacated as Rogero says it is no longer able to serve law enforcement needs. The property will be conveyed to the Clayton Foundation.

The State of the City Address took place at the Mary Costa Plaza next to the Civic Auditorium and Coliseum which could undergo a $10 million dollar renovation, according to the speech.

She also announced plans for privately-funded $150 million dollar science and discovery museum on Hill Avenue near the Civic Auditorium and Coliseum.

The plan also includes a three percent raise for all city employees, $10 million for a gateway entrance to the Urban Wilderness in South Knoxville, $2.5 million for the city’s affordable housing funds, $2.95 million for new sidewalks throughout the city, $2 million for a new gateway park on the west side of Chapman Highway just across the Henley Bridge, and $1.62 million in arts, community and social service grants.

Copyright 2019 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

WATE 6 On Your Side Twitter