Plans solidifying to re-energize South Knoxville


KNOXVILLE (WATE) – The vision for the future of South Knoxville is getting clearer. More businesses are moving to the waterfront and developments are popping up all over that side of town.

Dawn Michelle Foster, the director of re-development with the city, says South Knoxville is on the way to bigger and better things.

“It’s beautiful. This is a big transformation for South Knoxville. This used to be an old tank farm,” said Foster while walking on a three mile Riverwalk along an eight-acre park sitting right next to the river.

“It’s going to be a great place for everyone,” she said.

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That is just one of the many developments that are under construction on Knoxville’s south side. New bike lanes have been added to Sevier Avenue and a roundabout and new sidewalks are coming.

“We want to make the community more walkable, friendlier,” said Foster.

The goal is to make room for more people, residential establishments and businesses to relocate to South Knoxville like Shane and Crissy Glarrow. They plan to open Southlanding Crossfit and are getting ready for it to open next month. They say after touring South Knoxville they were all in store for the growing area.

“I think Sevier is going to bring a lot of South Knoxville together so we’re really excited to be a part of that,” said Crissy Glarrow.

Other business owners moving to the waterfront are just as excited as well.

“It’s a perfect season for the little guys, the mom and pops, to get their foot in the door and be a part of that transformation,” said Kevin Hill, who owns Uncle Lem’s Mercantile and Outdoor.

Construction for the waterfront park is expected to be complete by the end of fall. Southlanding Crossfit will open next month and Uncle Lem’s Mercantile and Outdoor will open in November.

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