Friday, April 28, 2017

April 28th Update

Mayor Rogero Highlights the Cumberland Avenue Corridor Project in her State of the City Address 

April 28 at Suttree Landing Park in the South Waterfront





In her State of the City address today, Mayor Madeline Rogero said Knoxville is benefiting from new investment and energy across the city, and she proposed major initiatives in next year’s budget to build on that momentum. She also acknowledged the improvements on Cumberland Avenue.
"This year, we will also see progress on our investments in commercial corridors extending from downtown. The Cumberland Avenue Corridor will be completed by football season. On time and on budget, you can already see the new function, look, and feel of that corridor. Our $17 million dollar streetscape investment has leveraged $190 million to date in new private sector mixed-use development."
For the full budget address and documents click here. And for more about the project, construction, and timeline, visit www.cumberlandconnect.com or click here


Cumberland Avenue Merchants Association (CAMA) - Monthly Meeting

Date: Wednesday, May 3

Time: 3:00 - 4:00 pm* (NOTE - start time has returned to 3:00 PM) 

Location: Copper Cellar, 1807 Cumberland Avenue

What: The merchants and other interested stakeholders meet to discuss items of interest or concern and get updates on the City's Cumberland Avenue Corridor Project.

At the April CAMA meeting, staff and Professor Cindy Raines presented and discussed the UT Marketing class assignment for marketing the Cumberland Avenue district. Please remember that they will be providing their final recommendations to the class and merchants on Monday, May 8. For more information, attend the regular CAMA meeting - May 3.  

Parking: Available parking is located at Copper Cellar. 

We look forward to seeing you there! 

UT Update
Classes end today! Best of luck to all students as they start final exams on Tuesday, May 2 and congratulations to those graduating May, 11-13. Remember to be safe and enjoy this exciting time! 

As always, thanks for your interest in all things related to Cumberland Avenue - have a safe and enjoyable weekend...there's lots to do in and around Knoxville. 

Weekend Events
Friday April 28, 2017
Volapalooza
World’s Fair Park Performance Lawn 
This event has been moved to Thompson-Boling Arena due to the threat of rain.
5:00pm-11:00pm

Friday April 28 – Sunday April 30, 2017
Dogwood Arts festival
Market Square, Krutch Park Ext, Market Street
Friday: 11:00am – 9:00pm
Saturday: 10:00am – 9:00pm
Sunday: 11:00am – 5:00pm
With quality arts and crafts booths, performing arts, culinary arts demonstrations and tastings, and an expanded children’s creation station, several blocks of downtown Knoxville are transformed into a lively street fair for the Dogwood Arts Festival! http://www.dogwoodarts.com/dogwood-arts-festival/

Saturday April 29, 2017
Dogwood Classic 5K Run/Walk
Cherokee Blvd
8:00am

Saturday April 29, 2017

Walk MS Knoxville
World’s Fair Park
9:00am
Greenway Walk

Saturday April 29, 2017
Flavor Run 5K Race
Chilhowee Park & Exposition Center
7:00am-1:00pm
http://flavorrun.com/locations/knoxville.html

Monday, April 3, 2017

April 3rd Update

Cumberland Avenue Merchants Association (CAMA) - Monthly Meeting

Date: Wednesday, April 5

Time: 3:30 - 4:30 pm* (NOTE - start time has changed to 3:30) 

Location: Copper Cellar, 1807 Cumberland Avenue

What: The merchants and other interested stakeholders meet to discuss items of interest or concern and get updates on the City's Cumberland Avenue Corridor Project.

The April CAMA meeting scheduled for Wednesday, April 5, 2017 will start at 3:30 pm with the UT Marketing class presentation starting at 4 pm.  Please make arrangements to attend to see what these students have come up with to help us promote the Cumberland Avenue District from their research as they complete this end of semester project.

Parking: Available parking is located at Copper Cellar. 

Cumberland Avenue Construction Updates

For more information on what has been happening on the Avenue, make sure to check out our Two Week Look Ahead at www.cumberlandconnect.com or click right here

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

March 21st Update

CONSTRUCTION OF RAISED MEDIAN ON CUMBERLAND CONTINUES

                Since Monday, March 13, contractor crews have shifted the eastbound lane of Cumberland Avenue from 22nd to 19th streets and set the stage for the installation of the new concrete median. The next step in the process, starting Wednesday, March 22, is laying the new concrete curb with an extruded curb machine. This will require temporary, intermittent lane closures of Cumberland while the machine lays down the new median curbs.

                This is the latest development in the City’s $17 million reconstruction of Cumberland Avenue.

The concrete pours will be scheduled each day to avoid peak traffic hours and will be fully complete by 6 p.m. on Friday, March 24. Flaggers and police officers will be on site to direct traffic around the work zone. If traffic is heavier than expected, an alternate route will be designated and a detour will be implemented (see detour map).

Additionally, through traffic to points east or west of the area may want to consider using Neyland Drive as an alternate route.  

The work will occur starting at 19th Street in the eastbound traffic lane.

Mid-block left turns have been prevented so far by temporary barriers. The new medians will be between 3 feet and 13 feet wide, depending on turn lanes and Knoxville Area Transit bus infrastructure. Even though the number of traffic lanes on Cumberland has been reduced, the design is expected to reduce fender benders and improve traffic flow by eliminating blockages created by vehicles turning left across incoming traffic in the middle of the block.

More information is available at www.CumberlandConnect.com, on the Cumberland Connect Facebook page, facebook.com/CumberlandConnect, and on the Cumberland Connect phone app. Or text VFL to 313131 to get text messages on the most current traffic updates.


Friday, March 10, 2017

March 10th Update - Construction Milestone

CUMBERLAND AVENUE MILESTONE: CONSTRUCTION OF RAISED MEDIAN TO BEGIN MONDAY, MARCH 13

                By 6 a.m. Monday, March 13, contractor crews overnight will have shifted the eastbound lane of Cumberland Avenue from 22nd to 19th streets to allow construction of new raised medians to begin.

                This latest development in the City’s $17 million reconstruction of Cumberland Avenue represents a milestone, by two accounts.

First, the shift to the new eastbound lane, roughly 13 feet south of the current lane, will mean commuters will be driving on the permanent roadway.

That means that, as the streetscape amenities are finished on the south side of Cumberland, between 22nd and 19th streets, pedestrians and motorists will be able to envision more clearly than ever what the new Cumberland Avenue will look like.

The decorative bricks, silva cell beds for trees and landscaping, street lights and other amenities have been in place since last year on the north side. A three-block section of the south side streetscape currently is being finished, and work on the two blocks on the south side between 19th and 17th streets is now underway.

Second, the raised median being built will be an important new safety feature – creating an “island” that will help pedestrians crossing the street, while also limiting left turns by motorists to designated intersections.

Mid-block left turns have been prevented so far by temporary barriers. The new medians will be between 3 feet and 13 feet wide, depending on turn lanes and Knoxville Area Transit bus infrastructure. Even though the number of traffic lanes on Cumberland has been reduced, the design is expected to reduce fender benders and improve traffic flow by eliminating blockages created by vehicles turning left across incoming traffic in the middle of the block.


                “The project remains within budget and on schedule for substantial completion in August 2017,” said Anne Wallace, the City’s Deputy Director of Redevelopment. 

“Our aim has always been to create a more attractive, safer, logistically-improved and pedestrian-friendly Cumberland Avenue Corridor. The City’s investments are helping the district to continue to thrive as a residential, retail and entertainment district. To date, we’ve helped leverage $190 million in new private investments.”

                In other developments related to the Cumberland Avenue Corridor:

n  Vaughn & Melton, the City’s consulting engineers for the reconstruction project, reminds businesses to proactively coordinate deliveries of goods with their transport companies. Similar to how businesses downtown and on Market Square operate, Cumberland businesses are encouraged to request deliveries using smaller trucks, because full-size trucks will have difficulty making turns onto Cumberland between 17th and 22nd streets. Vaughn & Melton has offered to help businesses tailor a plan for deliveries if use of a smaller truck isn’t an option.

n  From mid-March to mid-August, the University of Tennessee will be installing new steam lines, vaults and water hydrants on a section of Volunteer Boulevard, requiring some lane closures.


n  From March 27 to March 31, a lane on Cumberland Avenue near the intersection with Philip Fulmer Way / James Agee Street will be closed while AT&T crews perform utility work.


More information is available at www.CumberlandConnect.com, on the Cumberland Connect Facebook page, facebook.com/CumberlandConnect, and on the Cumberland Connect phone app. Or text VFL to 313131 to get text messages on the most current traffic updates.



As always, thanks for your interest in Cumberland Avenue. Have a safe and fun filled weekend. Remember its Spring Break for UT and Knox County Schools!

Friday, February 24, 2017

February 24 Update

Cumberland Avenue Merchants Association (CAMA) - Monthly Meeting

Date: Wednesday, March 1

Time: 3:00 - 4:00 pm 

Location: Copper Cellar, 1807 Cumberland Avenue

What: The merchants and other interested stakeholders meet to discuss items of interest or concern and get updates on the City's Cumberland Avenue Corridor Project.

Parking: Available parking is located at Copper Cellar. 



Cumberland Avenue Construction Updates

For more information on what has been happening on the Avenue, make sure to check out our Two Week Look Ahead at www.cumberlandconnect.com or click right here

City of Knoxville Neighborhood Conference - March 11

Trying to decide whether to spend part of Saturday, March 11, at The Neighborhood Conference in Knoxville?
 
Sure, you’re thinking, there is no charge to participate and enjoy a free continental breakfast, a fun-packed photo booth, a neighborhood tee shirt contest, and door prizes.
 
But what else?
 
Well, there IS the free luncheon, where Knoxville Jazz and Blues Singer Kelle Jolly will be on stage with middle and high school students singing blues songs. And eight individuals will be honored for their service to their communities, with Mayor Madeline Rogero presenting one of them with the Diana Conn Good Neighbor of the Year Award.
 
But what else?
 
Granted, there will be over 80 information booths provided by city and county departments, nonprofit organizations, and conference sponsors.
 
But what else?
 
True, you can meet elected leaders, local government officials, and some of the candidates running in City Council races this year.
 
But what else?
 
And, yes, you will be meeting residents and leaders from other neighborhoods, and you will be inspired by others who also care about the quality of life in THEIR neighborhoods.
 
But what else?
 
Here’s what else: These 22 workshops brimming with speakers and information for Knoxville residents and neighborhood organizations:
 
** Youth Workshop: How Local Government Works
** Neighborhood Umbrella Groups
** How to Save on Your Utility Bill
** Creative Placemaking
** Engaging Neighbors to Build Your Neighborhood Organization
** Youth Recreation Opportunities for your Community
** Legal Issues for Homeowner Associations
** Pets, Wildlife & Nuisance Animals
** How to Run for Knoxville City Council
** Understanding the City Budget
** Zoning and Why You Should Care
** Youth Workshop: Getting Things Done in Your Community
** Communication Strategies for Your Neighborhood
** When a Neighbor Needs Help
** Fight the Blight
** Diversity Matters: Finding Common Ground
** How to Get Involved in Your Local Schools
** Homelessness in Knoxville
** Fighting Crime in Your Neighborhood
** Neighborhood Walkability
** Funding Resources for Neighborhood Groups
** Creative Event Making
 
See the Workshop Descriptions for the details and speakers. Register here or call Inas Al-Sarmad at 215-2113 to receive a hard copy of the workshop descriptions and the registration form. See you at the conference!


As always, thanks for your interest in everything related to Cumberland Avenue. Have a wonderful weekend. 

Friday, January 27, 2017

January 27th Update

Cumberland Avenue Merchants Association (CAMA) - Monthly Meeting

Date: Wednesday, February 1

Time: 3:00 - 4:00 pm 

Location: Copper Cellar, 1807 Cumberland Avenue

What: The merchants and other interested stakeholders meet to discuss items of interest or concern and get updates on the City's Cumberland Avenue Corridor Project.

Parking: Available parking is located at Copper Cellar. 



Cumberland Avenue Construction Updates

For more information on what has been happening on the Avenue, make sure to check out our Two Week Look Ahead at www.cumberlandconnect.com or click right here

As always, thanks for your interest in everything related to Cumberland Avenue. Have a wonderful weekend. 

Friday, January 6, 2017

January 6th Update

KUB Update

Cumberland Avenue Road Closure for Utility Work [All closures and work are weather permitting]

(UT Campus/Ft. Sanders Area) Cumberland Avenue Road Closure [January 8] – KUB crews will close a short section of Cumberland Avenue, between Eighteenth Street and Nineteenth Street, from midnight Saturday until 9 a.m. Sunday, January 8, as work is performed on the water distribution system in the area. Alternate routes include 18th Street, 19th Street, Lake Avenue, and White Avenue. Flaggers and signs will be on site to assist with traffic control.

Some listed closures may extend beyond the scheduled times depending on the conditions encountered during excavation and construction. Appropriate traffic control measures will be in place at each location to assist motorists traveling in these areas. Due to the ongoing presence of workers and equipment, motorists are advised to use caution and expect temporary delays in these areas. More information on this and other KUB construction projects can be found at www.kub.org.