Bridge, KPD headquarters and more

Sandra ClarkLet's Talk

What’s up with the city council funding a study on whether to build a pedestrian bridge between UT and South Knoxville? Nick Della Volpe has a provocative opinion column in Knox TN Today.

And when will the Knoxville Police Department get settled into its new headquarters on the old St. Mary’s site?

We called city communications director Kristin Farley to inquire.

We’re moving boxes now and expect to be in the KPD headquarters by mid- to late-spring, she said. Come to our open houses.

Mayor Indya Kincannon has scheduled two open houses on these topics and more. Both meetings are open to all.

North Knoxville meeting is Thursday, Feb. 9, from 4:30-6:30 p.m. at Fulton High School Library, 2509 N. Broadway. Projects to be addressed include:

  • The city’s Public Safety Complex project, including greenspace opportunities and redevelopment concept ideas for the historic St. Mary’s building
  • Lincoln Memorial University Tower and programs
  • Fulton’s “Public Service” academy in collaboration with the city
  • First Creek Greenway and Christenberry Playground details
  • Woodland Avenue updates

South Knoxville meeting is Monday, Feb. 13, from 4-6:30 p.m. at Kerbela Temple, 315 Mimosa Avenue. Projects to be addressed include:

  • Sevier Avenue streetscapes
  • South Waterfront Form-Based Code
  • Urban Wilderness Gateway Park
  • Pedestrian/Bicycle Bridge across the Tennessee River

Random thought: If we’re building iconic structures for former mayors, let Kincannon’s bridge connect Rogero’s urban wilderness to Victor Ashe’s convention center – the biggest boondoggle of them all.

Sandra Clark is editor/CEO of Knox TN Today Inc.

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