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.
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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.
A new $40 million combined police and fire headquarters is planned for land on the back portion of the Knoxville College campus in Mechanicsville. Vacant, blighted dorms would be razed.— Mayor Rogero (@MayorRogero) April 27, 2018
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.
A $10 million renovation is proposed to the Civic Auditorium and Coliseum, including new seats and lighting in the Auditorium and a new ice floor in the Coliseum. pic.twitter.com/Ob4pJNOUlF— Mayor Rogero (@MayorRogero) April 27, 2018
She also announced plans for privately-funded $150 million dollar science and discovery museum on Hill Avenue near the Civic Auditorium and Coliseum.
A new privately funded $150 million science and discovery museum – to be funded and endowed by Clayton Homes founder Jim Clayton and his family – is proposed to be built on Hill Avenue near the Civic Auditorium and Coliseum.— Mayor Rogero (@MayorRogero) April 27, 2018
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.