New Apartment Development Announced for South Knoxville

Rendering of inside Foggy Bottom Flats, Courtesy of Dollar and Ewers Architecture

Foggy Bottom Flats, a new construction, town home style, development project has broken ground behind Landing House on Foggy Bottom Road. Foggy Bottom Flats is being developed by a team including Brett Honeycutt, Jan Conley, Brian Simmons, Brian Ewers, Tim Ewers and Garry Ferraris. Early architectural plans were completed by Honeycutt, but Dollar and Ewers have completed a redesign and construction drawings.

Brett explained that he’d had a vision of this sort of project twelve years ago and identified property in north Knoxville for the construction. He completed drawings then, got variances and an agreement for a loan from a bank. That agreement was withdrawn as the housing crisis struck and the project became dormant.

Property for Foggy Bottom Flats, South Knoxville, May 2019

In 2014 he began looking in south Knoxville for a suitable property. He found what he was looking for at the current location of Landing House. After purchasing the property, he learned that Zach and Hao Land had attempted to buy it for their restaurant and decided the front half was better suite for them. He had the land subdivided and sold them the front half.

At that point, breweries began opening quickly and Brett was enlisted to help with the development of several of those buildings, putting his plans for this property on the back burner. More recently, as it became more of a priority, Brett met Brian Simmons who stuck his head into Brett’s office on Sevier Avenue and asked if Brett knew of any nearby office space. Brett offered to share space and Brian accepted. Based on Brian’s background in housing and finance, Brett offered him a partnership in the project.

Rendering of inside Foggy Bottom Flats, Courtesy of Dollar and Ewers Architecture

Rendering of inside Foggy Bottom Flats, Courtesy of Dollar and Ewers Architecture

As the project grew in scope, Brett asked Dollar and Ewers to join. Brian became the lead architect and his brother Tim became an investor. After a conversation with Garry at Suttree’s in which he told Brett he was looking for an investment opportunity, he was invited to join.

Maryville’s Renaissance Bank agreed to loan money for the project through Three Roots Capitol and a CDFI (Community Development Financial Institutions) loan. CDFIs invest in locations that have been identified as a Designated Development Area. Reagan Design and Construction came aboard and the $1.75 million project got underway.

Rendering of inside Foggy Bottom Flats Unit (Stairs, not shown, will be stacked in foreground), Courtesy of Dollar and Ewers Architecture

Foggy Bottoms Flats will be constructed directly behind Landing House and will consist of two buildings, each containing seven townhouse apartments. Earth has already  been moved and construction will start right away.

Each will have a garage at ground level, an open plan living/dining/kitchen space on the second floor and two bedrooms and two baths on the top. Outdoor space will also be abundant, with a patio on the ground floor, a balcony on the second and doors opening onto a Juliet balcony on the top floor. Each unit should have a view of the Tennessee River.

(L-R) Garry Ferraris, Brian Simmons, Brian Ewers and Brett Honeycutt, Site of Foggy Bottom Flats, South Knoxville, May 2019

NAI will manage the property, from pre-leasing to leasing and beyond. The group hopes to have pre-leases available in the fall and have the units ready for occupancy by the end of the year. Pricing for the 1100 square foot units will be announced later.

With the coming redesign of the intersection of Foggy Bottom and Sevier Avenue into a roundabout and improvements to Foggy Bottom, the area will become more walkable with immediate access to Landing House, Alliance Brewing, South Coast Pizza and a host of other businesses, as well as Suttree Landing Park just a block away. Connections to the Urban Wilderness are also nearby.

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Comments

  1. Are any of the units handicapped accessible?

  2. Mark Taylor says

    Congrats to Brian, Brett and the rest of the team on getting this started. It looks great and will be a welcome addition to the area.

  3. Real clocks move forward looking to tomorrow with hope and excitement about the unknown, the untested, the challenges we will face with our untapped potential. A broken clock sits there waiting for
    Something outside of itself to happen. A backward moving clock doesn’t exist at all. Congratulations and a heartfelt thanks to all who live their lives by real clocks and move our lives ahead into a more fresh and invigorating future.

  4. I like the design, except the ground floor is mostly a blank wall. Not the best thing for a pedestrian environment. Windows would make the building more interesting/warmer at eye level.

  5. As long as the tenants pick up their dog shit in Suttree Park I guess I’m OK with it. However, these developments are pushing lower income residents out of the area. Where should they go after these are built and rents/mortages start climbing? Go hang out at the new Weigels on Chapman Hwy and you can meet them, face-to-face. Few developers want to discuss the negative impacts of their investments.

    • Kind of an odd comment about pushing lower income people out of the area. The is no living units on the property now, so no one is going to be relocated.

      • Barbara Bridges says

        It’s the rising land rents that push people out. Is this going to be market-rate housing? or is it going to remain affordable (<30% of income) for the average person in that neighborhood?

  6. This property is zoned SW-2. ‘Openings on the principal frontage shall be min 25% of the building wall area.’ No requirements for ground level.

  7. Dustin Durham says

    I agree that the architecture is amazinggggg. I love Modern residential. I also love Victorian and Craftsman styles (they’re actually my favorite for homes). And this is potentially just my bias because of what UT’s College of Architecture taught me, but I am a very veryyy strong proponent that architecture is always art, or should be, and that it should be allowed to be modern and challenge us a bit.

    I understand what people say when they express that a new building ‘doesn’t fit the character’ of a place, but its helpful to remember that people always feel this way about change and new design styles. Take 4th & Gill, where I work. It’s a mix of Victorian and Craftsman homes, and we would say there is a cohesive character to the neighborhood, but Victorian and Craftsman are super different styles. When Craftsman first came around, it was in response to elements of Victorian styles that people didn’t like, and the Craftsman style was ‘new’ and ‘bold’ and ‘modern’. A lot of folks (my assumption here) probably thought they didn’t fit the ‘character’ of their neighborhood, but when things are around for long enough, we change our minds about them, because they become out normal. It isnt *necessarily* the styles we hate, as much as radical change.

    All I ever say to folks is: give new styles a chance. A city isn’t a museum, and just as we grow and change and diversify as a people, so should our architecture. You don’t want to walk around a modern and evolving city and feel like it was all made in the 1880s, or the 1930s, because it wasn’t, and the architecture would be promoting a lie if we designed like that. You should want to walk around the city and see, in the buildings themselves, the story of us, and how we grow, and change, and progress as a society. Our buildings express our values and what we find beautiful and worthy of building at any specific moment in time. They become windows to the past and teach us about what construction methods were possible, what materials were valued, and what forms and colors we found engaging.

    You don’t have to love certain styles (I myself, even with an Architecture degree, will never fully love Brutalism), but we must, as a society, view them as a social good, and a key contribution to the beauty an culture of our town. More diverse architecture, like more diverse citizens, only helps makes neighborhoods better, and it creates a wonderful story of us to pass down to future generations. =)

    I appreciate this design and that these are helping my neighborhood continue to revive and grow. Thanks to the developers and architects for this! =D

  8. Love it!

  9. Brian Ewers says

    Of course, I’m biased on the appearance of this project and not offended by the negative comments being made. Everyone has their preferences and opinions and the right to express them and not everyone likes modernist Architecture.I love the fact that people are expressing their opinions and Knoxville is having discussions about Architecture !

  10. Very Nice!! Another overpriced box development newly arrived yuppies can buy with their parents money- just what Knoxville needed. Here’s to hoping they don’t go for $300 a square foot like the Prison encampment overlooking the rail yard on Jackson Ave. 😉

    • KnoxvilleUrbanGuy says

      Sweet comment. They aren’t being sold, so I’m pretty sure they won’t go for $300 per square foot. Very little downtown property has gone for $300 per square foot.

  11. Robyn McAdoo says

    Thanks, Alan. Even the lowest form of criticism can be taken as flattery in some twisted form or fashion.

    • Ian Swagerty says

      This is exciting! Robyn, your team seems to have gotten a lot of work along Sevier Ave lately. Congratulations to you all, happy to see your success. Any idea how much these condos will go for?

      • No reason to be so sensitive about a facetious comment with a winky emoji at the end. Sheesh.

        But in all seriousness, Im really curious as to how much these units will rent for? Since they will not be “sold”. Seems Ian already asked, so ill stand by as well for clarification. I imagine since they have already received funding, they have an idea of the “ball park” figure they will be going for.

        No one can honestly sit here and say with a straight face these types of developments, with their “relative” high rent, are not geared toward the “yuppies” crowd I jokingly mentioned in my previous comment- Which is Ironic to me because our mayor always seems to be harping on “diversity” and the like. Making downtown more diverse. Doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out high rents dont bode well for diversity. Forgive me, I’m simply playing devils advocate here. I understand the free market decides who lives where, but it’s just my lowly opinion.

        • Robyn McAdoo says

          Oops – Josh, my comment was intended to be in response to a different comment – not yours. I was not offended by yours or any other comment – just pointing out that attention is positive and exciting and gets people talking – even if it’s not necessarily delivered as a compliment.

  12. Danielle Nance says

    Cool place for townhomes and nice option instead of just apartments. Not sure why most development in Knoxville is going boxy and gray. It’s popping up everywhere. Doesn’t seem like this will age well and certainly doesn’t fit in with the character of the South or Knoxville itself.

  13. Sabrina Greene says

    I keep hoping for affordable housing options.

    • Property value across Knoxville went up double digits last year and are on pace to do the same. No way to really put up affordable housing options. Riverwalk One was advertising 1 bedrooms at $850-900 at the start of their construction, by the time they started renting it was more like $1200-1400. You just dont need to live close to downtown if you want affordable housing. There are plenty of affordable houses/apartments around downtown.

    • Chris Eaker says

      It is not financially feasible without government subsidies. Land + construction costs make the returns too low if rent or sale pricing is kept low. Investors are looking to double their investment in 5 years (~15% IRR). I wish it weren’t so, but it is the reality.

    • Try moving outside of Downtown. Space is at a premium there and, other than the proposed “affordable” housing at the Andrew Johnson Building, I don’t see it happening any time soon. https://insideofknoxville.com/2017/07/andrew-johnson-building-to-be-redeveloped-a-look-at-lhpconversion-properties-proposal/

  14. That may take winner of ugliest architecture in Knoxville next year.

    • KnoxvilleUrbanGuy says

      Just an observation: I don’t know that I’ve ever written about new construction and had people generally applaud it. Regas Square may have come the closest, but it had detractors, as well. It seems that if downtown construction is more or less traditional, it is panned for being “suburban,” whereas if it is less traditional, it is “ugly.” Definitely not arguing one way or the other on this project, just an observation. Also, no matter anyone’s opinion, please state it kindly. That’s what we do on this blog. Thanks.

      • Jeremy Wann says

        Thanks for keeping talk positive! As our city grows – so will many more opinions/ perceptions! Glad we’re growing and having fun!

      • Speaking of bad architecture, someone is turning that awful stone-front 70’s looking building on State St. into an axe throwing venue instead of just knocking the thing down and building a mid to high rise to match the character of the rest of the area. I’m desperately hoping they at least make some changes to the facade because it is atrocious.

    • I guess you don’t care for modern architecture, but many, many do.

  15. Certainly some… interesting architecture. Very functional looking though. Wish there was a 3 bedroom option

    • I think the architecture looks GREAT! Congratulations on a great project! We need more contemporary style in Knoxville !

      • Oh, I agree. I don’t HATE it. It definitely isn’t generic, there’s just something that seems a bit off to me. I’m sure this is an early rendering too, so there’s that. The renderings for the townhomes on Vine were the same way, but the final product seems to look better so far.

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