The former Tennova Physician’s Regional Medical Center (also known as old St. Mary’s) will someday be the shared headquarters of justice and safety – Knoxville Police and Fire departments. Plus a municipal court.
But first, a plan has to be put in place and paid for.
Knoxville City Council members all voted in favor Tuesday night of requesting the Knoxville Community Development Corporation (KCDC) to create a redevelopment plan for “an area to be titled the former Tennova / St. Mary’s Redevelopment Plan.”
The request came through the city’s Office of Redevelopment. The council unanimously approved the request.
According to the agenda packet from Tuesday night, the city has funded its capital budget with $40 million to perform site assessment to design and construct a new and modern campus “to better serve the Knoxville community.”
Several steps are happening, the city says, to include contracting professional services to perform a preliminary assessment of the former Tennova (St. Mary’s) site to use as a headquarters location for both Knoxville Fire Department and Knoxville Police Department, as well as municipal court operations.
KCDC serves as the city’s redevelopment office. The city is seeking a partnership with KCDC to create a redevelopment plan to reuse the now-vacated property of the former hospital site.
With the council approving the request, next steps include KCDC to take action and review the selected area (photo: see highlighted sections in red) for the redevelopment plan.