Construction Updates Around Downtown

Stockyard Lofts, Willow Avenue, Knoxville, July 2020

Time seems to be moving more quickly over the last few months than I might have expected. One month quickly blends into the next, or so it seems. I realized I hadn’t posted any photographs of the major downtown construction projects since February. In those five months, good progress has been made on several projects. I also noticed one that slipped by me.

You’ll find the February article covering these projects, here. You might want to look back to see the work that has been accomplished over those months. If you haven’t had the chance to walk or drive by and take note, you might be surprised.

The first shown here, is the Stockyard Lofts project on Willow Avenue. In the last article, the photographs showed large holes filled with copious amounts of water. In case you’ve forgotten, we had massive amounts of rain in January and February. At that point, we thought if the sun would simply come out, life would be good and all would be well. Oops.

Stockyard Lofts, Willow Avenue, Knoxville, May 2020

Stockyard Lofts, Willow Avenue, Knoxville, July 2020

Stockyard Lofts, Willow Avenue, Knoxville, July 2020

The photographs aren’t great, as I couldn’t really get a good vantage point, but I think you can readily see it is no longer a lake. Note that one of the photos is from May, so you can see that in the last couple of months the project has made significant progress. The foundation of the building appears to be in place and the structure for the garage that will be under the building is taking shape. The crane on the site is one of the two currently visible on the Knoxville skyline from long distances.

Jackson Avenue Ramps, East Ramp, Knoxville, July 2020

Jackson Avenue Ramps, East Ramp, Knoxville, July 2020

The Jackson Avenue Ramps are rapidly taking shape. Set to be finished later this year, what seemed like disastrous timing for the businesses in the Old City and along Jackson Avenue, it’s turned out to be a perfect time for the road to be closed to through traffic, as the pandemic has greatly hampered business in any case. The project looks to be on schedule.

City House Town Homes, Vine Avenue, Knoxville, JUly 2020

City House Town Homes, Vine Avenue, Knoxville, JUly 2020

City House Town Homes, Vine Avenue, Knoxville, JUly 2020

Unless I get a look inside, which I’ll try to do sometime soon, this will be the last look at City House Town Homes as they appear to be finished on the outside. At least one resident lives in the new homes which have several unique features for downtown, from their size to their multiple outdoor spaces and private garages.

UT Conference Center, Locust Street, Knoxville, July 20202

UT Conference Center, Locust Street, Knoxville, July 20202

UT Conference Center appears to be getting a refresh. The landscaping along Locust Street has been removed and there appear to be some changes to the entrances. I somehow missed this project along the way. Does anyone have an idea what’s happening here?

Supreme Court Site Construction, Locust Street, Knoxville, July 2020

Supreme Court Site Construction, Locust Street, Knoxville, July 2020

Supreme Court Site Construction, Locust Street, Knoxville, July 2020

Across the street on the Old Supreme Court site, construction is plowing ahead beneath the shadow of the other large crane currently in downtown. Work is still being done on the foundation, but clear progress has been made since the previous article. Plans for the Supreme Court building itself are coming more into focus and I’ll likely have more on that sometime soon.

Comments

  1. UT Depts of Audiology and Speech Pathology moving to the UT Conference Center. Audiology is currently in the South end of Neyland stadium. Speech is in the building across Philip Fulmer Way from the stadium.

  2. I should add. Its not just the academic departments. The UT Hearing and Speech Center is an actual clinic that serves East Tennessee.

  3. Always great to see things moving along. By the time everything opens back up, Downtown will be bigger and better than ever before. Also, I don’t know if you’ve seen the City South apartments yet, but I drove by the other day and they’re practically done.

    • I know that some people don’t like downtown but it does remain our “representation” to the outside world and to ourselves. Now if we can just attract more employment to that area.

      The restaurants and bars that are currently coming and going are to be expected in any business environment. However, as long as an inviting environment is created, these businesses will be replaced by other businesses and services that are needed and supported by locals and visitors.

  4. Stewart Smith says

    The new apartments along Sevier Ave are really making a change to the streetscape. Also it seems the condo/apts near Sutree landing look to be complete.

  5. Melita Duffy says

    Danny Wilson it was interesting to read your comments. My graduate degree was in Speech Pathology at UT, way back when. Under the stadium was always an odd place to house an audiology clinic. But we all liked that the speech/language clinic was across the street from the stadium. About (15 ?) years ago there was quite a campaign to move the program out of that little building (and probably audiology under the stadium too), and it was met with such opposition that graduates were contacted to contact the university in opposition, and the upshot was that program remained there. My first thought was that students will now be geographically disconnected from the university. However, I’m long gone from there and it may just be a sign of the times (and probably good for the clinic), as universities get more involved with communities. And it also explains why every time I walk by the building I’m dismayed about the lack of upkeep: It looks awful….At any rate thanks for the info 🙂

    • The Audiology and Speech Pathology department was handed over to the Health Science Center (aka UT Medical School, aka UT Memphis) some years ago. While they still have an undergraduate program for UTK students, the faculty/staff and the graduate program are all a part of UT Memphis now. And the College of Pharmacy and other parts of UTHSC located in Knoxville that aren’t physically at UT Hospital are currently housed in the Conference Center. I’m assuming that’s why they are moving.

      • That sounds like an awful plan. Perhaps they should be located around UT Hospital again or maybe U.T. should lease out the old Wal-Mart space and use it. Downtown needs new energy and that space could provide it.

        Maybe it is time to bring Outdoor Knoxville over to that area to provide options for future visitors and convention guests. Or maybe it is time to re-think the convention center spacing as that business might not return to full use for a few years.

  6. Rode bike around Sevier. I’ve always liked Phillip’s Ave. A nice feeling is emerging especially further down along the river past the bridge. Of course Island Home is a dream- those gardens— I feel I’m being seduced by this area. Also enjoy walking under Henley bridge which I’m about to do right now.

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