Details of New Ground-Up Condominium and Commercial Development Announced

The Courtland Group, headed by Jeffrey Nash, has established an excellent track record with numerous redevelopments of older buildings. Nash began his career reclaiming and redeveloping warehouses and factories in east London, but moved to Knoxville nearly twenty years ago and has steadily built an impressive portfolio of redeveloped buildings here. Best known, perhaps for […]

Lengthy Litigation Results in New Ownership and Possibilities for Prominent Downtown Building

Like me, you may have wondered what was happening in a building positioned on perhaps the most prominent corner in the city: Union and Gay. The Conley Building has seemed underutilized for years even as properties all around it have blossomed. The first floor at 505 South Gay, once occupied by a bank, has been […]

A Plea for Preservation of a Building and a Struggle for the Soul of Central

There are so many interesting areas in Knoxville. Each has a claim of one sort or another to put itself forward as a place worthy of a visit, or maybe a longer stay. A stroll out Central from south to north, however, is enough to put one in mind of the ad campaign featuring, “the […]

Knoxville is Growing. How Do We Ensure the Growth is Smart?

It’s easy to rattle off the various development projects recently completed, underway or planned in Knoxville and, particularly, in downtown Knoxville. We’re growing. Whether by our own design or simply by being the right kind of place at the right time, progress is happening. It begs several questions, however: Is all growth good? Is all […]

Even in the Quietest Parts of Downtown . . .

  It’s easy to fall into the trap of looking only at the shiniest, most exciting or prominent projects. It’s hard to miss the big things happening, such as the old KUB/new Tombras building, the Marriott Hotel construction on State and Church, the Pryor Brown Garage, the Regas Square project. All of them are pushing […]