Downtown Knoxville Project Updates

At least a couple of times a week someone asks about one project or another, wanting updated information. Often the request comes because of an apparent lack of progress. Projects have certainly died on the vine in the past – like the oft cited Sentinel Tower, which may have never been a serious project – […]

A Stunning Ocean Adventure Hits Close to Downtown Knoxville

  It’s an odd headline, isn’t it? It’s an even stranger story. I recently sat down with Buzz Goss, the Knoxville developer most widely known for his Marble Alley project, and found him more philosophical than I’ve found him before, perhaps even changed. As he spun his story of his recent near-death experience while at […]

City Council Votes to Impose Historic Protection on Cal Johnson Building

City Council meetings sometimes provide a bit of drama and such was the case last night when it considered placing the Cal Johnson Building under historic zoning or H1 protection. Essentially, this means it cannot be easily demolished by current or future owners. It also typically means that redevelopment must follow sometimes difficult and involved […]

Demolition/New Building Proposed for Old City

A surprise tweet started a series of communications for me a couple of days ago. The tweet suggested that two buildings in the Old City might be torn down to be replaced with new construction. The address concerned is 120- 122 South Central. You may know it as the former location of Big Don the […]

Inside the JC Penney Building Restoration and Renovation

In what might be the highest profile re-development project in the history of the city, a team of developers joined to essentially re-build the JC Penney Building. Tim Hill of Hatcher-Hill Properties, who is working on the project in conjunction with ¬†Dewhirst Properties, agreed to give me a tour and show me the progress. The […]