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

Rendering for Regas Square Condos

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 spoke to a few of the developers working on the projects in order to give you a look and updates where possible.

Regas Square Condos Under Construction, Depot and Gay, Knoxville, February 2018

We’ll look first at Regas Square, one of the high profile projects sprinkled around downtown. It’s been over two years since I first announced the major project. When finished, it will feature one hundred condos, underground parking and multiple retail spaces.

I asked Joe Petre, with Conversion Properties, and one of the developers for an update:

. . . We have poured the last concrete for the retail and parking garage as of today and we have started the metal framing for the residential condos. The framing will accelerate now and we are expecting to be finished near the end of this year.  Our views are even better than expected now that we can walk on the second and third floors. I was able to see Mt LeConte from our third floor the other day just over the Depot. Really excited about that.

Regas Square Condos Under Construction, Depot and Gay, Knoxville, February 2018

Regas Square Condos Under Construction, Depot and Gay, Knoxville, February 2018

So, for a project that struggled to progress through an early period which was also very wet, the basic structure is rapidly rising and there should be fewer reasons for delay. These projects nearly always take long than hoped and this one is no exception, running about a year behind the hoped-for schedule I first wrote. For a project this size, that doesn’t seem like much of a time overrun.

Regas Square Condos Under Construction, Depot and Gay, Knoxville, February 2018

Regas Square Condos Under Construction, Depot and Gay, Knoxville, February 2018

The project will dramatically change that portion of downtown, making that end of Gay Street a major residential hub, but it will not be the only project to impact the population of the area. The Mews II being developed by Jeffrey Nash, which I first announced only last fall, has already broken ground and is under way.

Latest Rendering for Mews II

Mews II Under Construction, Ogden and Magnolia, Knoxville, February 2018

Mews II Under Construction, Ogden and Magnolia, Knoxville, February 2018

Mews II Under Construction, Ogden and Magnolia, Knoxville, February 2018

Mews II Under Construction, Ogden and Magnolia, Knoxville, February 2018

It represents the first ground-up construction for Nash’s Courtland Group and will add another twenty condos just a block away from the hundred being added by the Regas Square project. Add to that the retail included in this project, and the impact on the area of the two projects becomes clear. There are also ten units in The Mews, which were immediately filled when completed, sitting just across the street from Mews II.

Renderings for Vine Avenue Row Houses

Renderings for Vine Avenue Row Houses

Move a bit toward the core of downtown and you’ll find a project that I first detailed in July 2015, soon-to-be three years ago. The Vine Avenue Rowhouses were slated to begin construction that fall. They represent another ground-up construction, this time by Hatcher Hill. It’s a smaller project, adding seven new homes to downtown and original plans would have had it completed by now.

Vine Avenue Rowhouses Under Construction, Knoxville, February 2018

Vine Avenue Rowhouses Under Construction, Knoxville, February 2018

Vine Avenue Rowhouses Under Construction, Knoxville, February 2018

Vine Avenue Rowhouses Under Construction, Knoxville, February 2018

Delays and uncertainty changed those plans considerably, but evidence of construction has now appeared on the hill overlooking the city. When completed, the homes will be different from anything downtown, with, “two car garages, green roofs, and roof top decks. 3,000 square feet per unit,” according to  Tim Hill. Noting that John Sanders is the architect, he added, “We hope to be completed by Spring of 2019.”

These projects represent some of the more interesting projects currently underway downtown and, together should add about 126 new homes to downtown in late 2018 and into 2019. Of course, there are other significant projects underway and we’ll look at some of those soon.

Comments

  1. Strange that’s what I was told by Jeffery the owner/chef. Offered to walk me down and show me the building.

  2. So excited to see Regas Square progress. The wonderful building and residential space will stretch the old city to new definitions. As a buyer of one of those units I am anxious to get in there. Love our current little space in Fire Street Lofts but excited about the move.

  3. Brian Nachtrab says:

    Any word on Pryor Brown, Supreme Court site, or Stockyard Lofts? Also, do you have any info on the Standard Knitting Mill site? Keep up the awesome work, I love your writings!

  4. And what about Fireproof on Randolph? It was first a venue (I toured it), now I heard it was resold and will be lofts as well.

  5. Maybe a bit tangential to the subject, but the fencing in front of the new Tombras building came down yesterday, woohoo.

  6. Any word on the 107 Commerce/Grimac project?

  7. Any update on the Crozier condos?

  8. Great article!
    Any word on Marble Alley Phase II?

  9. Oren Yarbrough says:

    Always exciting to see an article about the progress of developments downtown. I am glad the Mews II and the Vine Avenue Rowhouses have begun and are moving along. The more permanent living options downtown gets the more likely amenities like a small grocery become in the future. Good news to hear about!

  10. Shannon Kelley says:

    Great write up! Any word on what’s up with the Sanitation Laundry building? I noticed a dumpster out front.

    • Nothing. It’s a Henry and Wallace property.

      • *Sanitary Laundry is owned by KCDC/City of Knoxville. It looks like they are repairing the roof which either had collapsed or was about to.

        • You’re right. I had it mixed up with the Standard Knitting Mill. They sound similar 🙂

          • There’s actually been a lot of demo (albeit, intermittent) at the Standard Knitting Mill over the last two-three months.

          • Ah, but the question is, will anyone ever move in? They made the Kress building look nice, and they put a wall in East Town Mall, but they’ve never actually developed a single building that has landed a business except for a brewery that sold (literally) shitty beer.

  11. Margaret Skeldon says:

    This question isn’t about downtown, but, what’s the building going up in Western Plaza along Kingston Pike?

  12. It all looks so great! You can even see Regas Square from the interstate now! I’m gonna be the first one to ask about another building though. Do you know what is happening to that building on the corner of Central and Summit Hill? They’ve been doing work there for a while.

    • That will become the new location for Olibea when complete.

      • KnoxvilleUrbanGuy says:

        Actually, that’s not correct. The building is residential and has been for a long time. Jeffrey Nash owns the building and is upgrading the exterior and renovating each of the units inside. It will be a much improved building when he finishes, but it is not planned to be a new location for Oli Bea. You may be getting it crossed with some other news that is bubbling about.

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