Inside the JC Penney Building and Marble Alley Lofts (AKA City People Home Tour, Part Two)

Let’s take a look into a couple of buildings that have generated high interest in recent months and years. The JC Penney Building was brought back from a shell to include Maple Hall (and The Parlor at Maple Hall), Babalu, Archers/Cruze Farm Milk Shop and residential spaces. Marble Alley was our first ground-up residential construction […]

A Look at the Plans for Marble Alley, Phase II

Construction is still underway for phase one of Marble Alley and even a casual glance reveals it’s rapidly moving toward being ready to accept residents. The most recent estimate for move-in date is mid-December and 174 of the 248 ┬ánew units should be complete by the end of that month. An on-site leasing office will […]

A Look at Marble Alley: Today and in the Near Future

Marble Alley has been a topic of discussion in concept since I started this website. It was a point of some contention in the design phase and it underwent changes throughout the last five years. The ground-breaking took place over a year ago. For some time after that the efforts on the site seemed to […]

Major Downtown Project Updates (Plus Bonuses)

I’ve mentioned them before, but progress is being made on the first two projects to convert parking spaces to buildings (in one case a former building along with the surface parking). One is a bit more exciting and the other is more functional, but both are significant as we move along. For the first couple […]

A Conversation with Buzz Goss and Jeffrey Nash About Marble Alley and Downtown Knoxville

I sent an e-mail to Buzz Goss asking for an interview to which he readily agreed and we sat down together at Sapphire. I found him to be open, direct and passionate. Later in our conversation we were joined by Jeffrey Nash, owner of Crown and Goose, who was invited by Mr. Goss, who noted […]