A look at the two top proposals for the downtown Knoxville Supreme Court site.
Knoxville city officials are in the “final stages” of putting together a proposal for the old Supreme Court Building site, according to Bill Lyons, chief policy officer and deputy to Mayor Madeline Rogero.
The city announced it was working with Dover Development Corporation late last year, but recently members of the Knoxville City Council have expressed their frustration with the process, saying the project deserved more public input.
The Council will hold a workshop session in the coming weeks for members to go through the final negotiated proposal after the News Sentinel reiterated council members’ concerns to city officials; Vice Mayor Duane Grieve requested the workshop.
The city’s 61-page request for proposals outlined a goal for the building to have a setting for an “exciting urban lifestyle” where people will want to live, shop and play. According to the document, preference would be given to a mixed-use space with commercial, retail and housing options fit for downtown residents who prefer walkability.
Bill Lyons said he understands Knoxville City Council members’ frustration over the process for the city to sell the old Supreme Court site.
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