Downtown Hotels: Too Many? Too Few? Just the Right Number?

  I get these kinds of questions often. Most of the time they are asked from the perspective of doubts about whether downtown can support all the new hotels that have sprung up in recent years. In the nine years I’ve been writing about downtown, four new hotels have opened to go with the five […]

Embassy Suite Details – And Three Favorite Local Businesses to Join Them at the Location

It’s been nearly three months since the announcement that the Conley Building at 505 – 507 Gay Street would become an Embassy Suites. The long under-utilized building sits at arguably the most prominent intersection in the city and development, long overdue, had been entangled in legal wrangling between the owners. Very few details were included […]

Plans Announced for a Major Building on Gay Street

Three weeks ago I wrote about the Conley Building at 505 – 507 South Gay Street. After a range of uses over the years, serving mostly as banks and office space, the building had become entangled in legal wrangling between two owners, resulting in a long-term under-utilization, including a prime corner at Union and Gay […]

A Look at the First Completed Condo in the Tennessean

In a relatively short turn-around time for a project of this magnitude, the first condo in the high-end luxury project, The Tennessean, has been completed. It was only last spring that the project was announced and I took readers through the shell which would become The Tennessean residences and hotel. It’s worth taking a look […]

Courtyard and Residence Inn by Marriott May Come to Downtown

The vacant property located along State Street from Church over to Cumberland has been the subject of speculation for several years. Once the site of the Knoxville News Sentinel, the building that housed the newspaper was torn down and the half-block has remained empty since. It is currently in use as a staging ground for […]