Big crane closing Gay Street Sunday and Monday

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Driving downtown on Gay Street Sunday and Monday could prove a bit challenging. Parts of it are closed.

Work on a new hotel is closing Gay Street from early Sunday morning until possibly late Monday afternoon.

The longtime time and temperature display downtown is being removed from the William F. Conley building as part of work to transform the site into an Embassy Suites Hotel, according to hotel developer and operator, Kana Hotel Group.

A crane will be used to remove the time and temperature display and put in a rooftop spa on the 14-story building at 507 S. Gay St., according to a news release from Kana Hotel Group.

The hotel, which will have 176-rooms, opens this fall.

Gay Street and other downtown streets were to be closed at 2 a.m. Sunday to allow the crane to access the building, the City of Knoxville said. The streets could remain closed until 6 p.m. Monday.

The large crane will be erected in front of what will become the Embassy Suites Hotel. When the work is completed, the crane will be dismantled and the streets will reopen by Monday evening.

The following streets will be temporarily closed:

* Gay Street will be closed at Union Avenue, south to Clinch Avenue.

* Union Avenue will be closed from Walnut Street to Gay Street.

* Market Street will be closed from Union Avenue to Clinch Avenue.

Only the sidewalk on the west side of Gay Street at the hotel building between Union and Clinch avenues will be closed.

The Conley Building was being used as a condo and office building.

The hotel will include an anchor restaurant on the corner of Union Avenue and Gay Street. The award-winning Knox Mason restaurant will move to the hotel.  Knox Mason closed in its former location at 131 S. Gay St. at the end of the year and will not reopen until this fall.

The hotel will also have a roof-top bar and lounge, and K Brew Coffee and Bagels in the lobby.

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