Uncle Lem’s Mercantile and Outdoor and South Landing CrossFit
Two new businesses were announced yesterday, adding to the surge in development along Sevier Avenue just over the Gay Street Bridge from downtown. With the growth in popularity of the nearby Urban Wilderness and the looming opening of Suttree Landing Park, the area is attracting businesses at a rapid pace. Uncle Lem’s Mercantile and Outdoor and South Landing CrossFit, located at 1020 Sevier Avenue are located very close to Three Bears Coffee and Alliance Brewing, making the spot one of the most rapidly developing in the area.
The two businesses will share a 6,000 square foot building which, at the moment is an empty shell. Both represent an active lifestyle consistent with the concentration of canoeing, kayaking, hiking and biking in the area. Uncle Lem’s will stock all the equipment required for the lifestyle except the bikes.
Situated on the South side of The Tennessee River just across from downtown, Suttree Landing Park will showcase a festival lawn, children’s playground, an accessible boat dock, a put-in ramp, river overlooks and parking. Complementing the park will be a new 2,988-foot-long two-lane tree-lined street, Waterfront Drive, which will offer direct access to Suttree Landing Park. Work has started and the project has a completion date of late 2016. Click here for more information.
Tennessee River Pedestrian Bridge:
A pedestrian bridge that would span the Tennessee River connecting the University of Tennessee’s campus with South Knoxville is taking shape after years of planning. The project is part of a 20-year revitalization strategy to redevelop Knoxville’s south waterfront.
The Knoxville City Council approved a $24 million application for the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery Discretionary grant from the United States Department of Transportation. The grant requires a 20 percent local match.
If approved, the city would match $6 million to construct the bridge from the 2016-2017 Capital budget. Grant winners will be announced in Fall 2015. More info here.
Riverwalk at the Bridges:
Ground has been broken on the exceptional 23-acre waterfront property formerly known as Baptist Hospital. The property is being turned into a mixed-use development overlooking Downtown Knoxville. Upon completion, this $160 million site will transform into 315 luxury Class A apartment units overlooking the Tennessee River, 225 student housing suites, 40k SF of retail and 230K SF of office space. Demolition of the Hospital site is complete. Construction of the apartments will begin Q3 2015, with completion expected Q4 2016. More info here.