A North Knoxville Business Grows and Expands

Rendering, KyBRa, 800 North Broadway, Knoxville, February 2018

Rendering, KyBRa, 800 North Broadway, Knoxville, February 2018

It was just over a year ago I introduced readers to KyBRa Athletics and owners David and Sue Finney. It’s been a very good year for the business which is located at 800 North Broadway, just between Elkmont Exchange (across the street) and Architectural Antics. The business is set to upgrade its facilities and double in size.

Since beginning their lease, the building has changed hands and the new owners secured a facade grant from the city, allowing major changes to the building’s exterior. Additionally, a major investment is being made on the inside, incorporating an additional 2,000 square feet for the public space of the business and about another 1200 square feet for upstairs office space.

 

Rendering, KyBRa, 800 North Broadway, Knoxville, February 2018

KyBRa, 800 North Broadway, Knoxville, February 2018

Architectural Drawing, KyBRa, 800 North Broadway, Knoxville, February 2018

Architectural Drawing, KyBRa, 800 North Broadway, Knoxville, February 2018

Smee + Busby Architects and lead architect Chris King did the design for both the outside and the inside. Changes for the outside include bringing recessed portion of the front of the building in line with the most prominent part, resulting in the entire building fronting the sidewalk. A bay door will be installed on the new portion of the facade, allowing the new work out space to be open-air in good weather.

The aluminum on the portion of the building currently in use will be maintained and the new portion of the facade will also use the material. The external brick, which has multiple layers of paint, will be re-painted to fit the new color-scheme. They hope to maintain the small section of stained glass at the top of the current front of the building.

Current Workout Space Before Upgrade, KyBRa, 800 North Broadway, Knoxville, February 2018

Current Workout Space Before Upgrade, KyBRa, 800 North Broadway, Knoxville, February 2018

Current Workout Space Before Upgrade, KyBRa, 800 North Broadway, Knoxville, February 2018

Current Workout Space Before Upgrade, KyBRa, 800 North Broadway, Knoxville, February 2018

Like many older buildings, this one has been adapted over the years. The front portion appears to be just over 100 years old, while the rear portion is likely around 70 years old. The interior ceilings on each side will be stripped to reveal the beams as has been done on the side currently under construction, making for higher and more attractive ceilings. Equipment will be doubled and a turf surface will be added to one side and sleds will be purchased.

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Downtown Knoxville Ten Day Planner (2/18 – 2/27/2018)

Alice, GO! Contemporary Dance Works, Bijou Theatre, Knoxville, February 2018

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Alice, GO! Contemporary Dance Works, Bijou Theatre, Knoxville, February 2018

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Construction Photos and Updates: Tombras, Marriott Courtyard and Residence Inn, Crozier and Stockyard Lofts

There seemed to be enough interest in yesterday's photographs and updates regarding current and planned construction to warrant another pass at it, don't you think? Interest is great and there are so many projects that following that alone could be a … [Continue reading]

Construction Photos and Updates: Regas Square, Mews II, Vine Avenue Rowhouses

Rendering for Regas Square Condos

Between the bone-chilling cold we had a few weeks ago and the seemingly constant rain we've had since, you may not have noticed that construction is continuing on several projects we've discussed on this website. I took a walk around downtown and … [Continue reading]

Makers Donuts Offered For Sale

A simple message on the Makers Donuts Facebook page caught my attention a few days ago: Hey friends! Big announcement...Sara and I are offering Makers Donuts for sale (the business, not the building). We're looking to sell it to a passionate, … [Continue reading]