Friday, July 19, 2019

July 19th Update

FORT SANDERS NEIGHBORHOOD STREET CLEANING AND UPGRADES PLANNED FOR THIS WEEKEND

Reminder for everyone living in the Fort Sanders Neighborhood: The last phase of street cleaning and fresh markings happens this Saturday and Sunday, July 20-21, on streets running east-west in the Fort Sanders Area (weather dependent).
Parking on several streets will be temporarily restricted as part of the City street maintenance project, and signs are being posted in advance of the work. Project hours for the street maintenance will begin Saturday, July 20, at 6 a.m. and will end Sunday, July 21, at 6 p.m.

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As always, have a safe and enjoyable weekend - thanks for your interest in all things relating to Cumberland Avenue.

Friday, June 28, 2019

June 28th Update

Cumberland Avenue Merchants Association (CAMA) - Monthly Meeting



Will not meet July 3 due to the holiday and travel schedules.

Date: Wednesday, JULY 10th - NOTE moved to the 2nd Wednesday of the month

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 ways to promote and market this district.

This month's agenda will include information about street cleaning and updates in Fort Sanders and upcoming marketing opportunities with UT.

Parking: Available parking is located at Copper Cellar. 

Hope to see you there. Bring a neighbor or a friend! 


City of Knoxville Events: 

What: Ribbon-cutting ceremony for World’s Fair Park Performance Lawn

When: 2 p.m. Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Where: World’s Fair Park Performance Lawn, north of Cumberland Avenue along 11th Street

Who: Mayor Madeline Rogero; staffs from the Public Building Authority, McCarty Holsaple McCarty Architects, Christman Co. and the City Special Events Office; additional project contractors and participants

 City officials will mark the official opening of the newly renovated Performance Lawn at the south end of World’s Fair Park with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. Participants include representatives from the project team members: the Public Building Authority; McCarty Holsaple McCarty Architects, Inc.; Ross/Fowler; Fulghum, Macindoe, & Associates, Inc.; Vreeland Engineers; and Christman Co.

The $2.5 million project updated water and electric service, improved drainage, and added new sod, pervious paver hardscaping and an enlarged entry area and gates.

The Performance Lawn and the greenway that borders it have been closed to public use since January. The first event to use the lawn will be the City’s Festival on the Fourth on Thursday, July 4.

After Festival on the Fourth, the performance lawn will be closed to complete construction in between scheduled events.

CELEBRATE WITH THE CITY AT FESTIVAL ON THE FOURTH



The City of Knoxville hosts the community-wide Festival on the Fourth celebration at World’s Fair Park on Thursday, July 4, 4-10 p.m. Everyone is invited to enjoy free activities, live music and the City’s largest fireworks display.  

This year’s festival also marks the debut of the park’s improved Performance Lawn. The $2.5 million project updated water and electric service, improved drainage, and added new sod, pervious paver hardscaping and an enlarged entry area and gates.

“We’re excited to host this family-friendly holiday event,” says City Special Events Director Judith Foltz. “The new lawn is a wonderful addition for both the Festival on the Fourth as well as future events in World’s Fair Park.”

Festival on the Fourth features a variety of entertainment, activities and food vendors on the Performance Lawn, Festival Lawn and inside the Tennessee Amphitheater.

Live family entertainment on the Home Federal Bank Family Fun Stage at the Tennessee Amphitheater includes:

n  4:15 - 4:45 p.m.: K-Pop Dancers
n  5 - 5:45 p.m.: Dre Hilton
n  6 - 7 p.m.: The Amazing Magic Show with Tim Pressley

Activities in the Regal Kids Zone on the Festival Lawn include mini-golf, a water balloon game, Legos by Bricks 4 Kids, a climbing wall and a Eurobungy trampoline. Families can also enjoy face painting and a photo booth.

On the park’s Festival Lawn Stage, Bary Jolly performs Jimmy Buffet’s songs from 4:15 - 5:30 p.m., followed by classic rock covers by the Bicho Brothers from 6 - 7:30 p.m.

Music on the Performance Lawn Stage begins at 5 p.m. with a performance by the Stoney Point Bluegrass Band.

At 8 p.m., the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra’s 35th annual Free Pilot Flying J Independence Day Concert featuring KSO Music Director Aram Demirjian begins its performance. Patriotic favorites from Aaron Copland, John Philip Sousa and John Williams will be performed.

The program will showcase tributes to the 75th anniversary of D-Day with selections from "Saving Private Ryan" and the 50th anniversary of the 1969 moon landing with selections from the score of “Apollo 13.”

The City’s largest annual fireworks display begins at 9:35 p.m. The Symphony’s performance and fireworks display will be broadcast live on WBIR-TV Channel 10 and WBIR.com from 8-10 p.m.

Free parking is available in the 11th Street, Locust Street, Walnut Street, State Street and Market Square garages, as well as the City’s Blackstock lots on Grand Avenue. ADA parking is available at the Fort Kid parking lot on World’s Fair Park Drive.

Guests are invited to bring chairs and blankets, but no coolers, alcohol, pop-up tents, canopies or pets will be allowed. In addition, scooter vendors will activate geofencing around the fair site to prohibit scooters from entering.
Be advised of the following festival-related road closures:
n  World’s Fair Park Drive between Clinch and Grand avenues will be closed 2-11 p.m. Thursday;
n  Clinch Avenue between Henley and 11th streets will be closed 2-11 p.m. Thursday; and
n  Henley Bridge between Hill and Blount avenues will be closed 4-11 p.m. Thursday.
This annual event happens rain or shine. Visit KnoxvilleTN.gov/4th for additional information.


Other holiday closures

City offices, Parks and Recreation centers and indoor pools will be closed Thursday, July 4. Outdoor pools will be open 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. and resume normal schedules on July 5. Cecil Webb Recreation Center will be closed Friday. West Haven Recreation Center will be closed the full week, July 1-7.

Residential garbage and recycling pick-ups will continue as scheduled; Thanksgiving and Christmas are the only days of the year when residential curbside trash and recycling are not picked up as scheduled. 

City recycling centers will be open July 4, however, Goodwill attendants will not be on site to accept household goods donations. 

The City's Solid Waste Management Facility at 1033 Elm Street will be closed July 4. Free Day for city residents will be held on its normally scheduled day of Saturday, July 6.

Knoxville Area Transit will suspend bus and trolley service on July 4, and the Customer Service Counter will be closed. Regularly scheduled services resume July 5. 

Thursday, June 13, 2019

June 13 Update

Update on Fort Sanders Improvements

We're sharing a new update on the Fort Sanders Neighborhood Street Maintenance Project.
Because of the recent rains, City crews were unable to complete last weekend (June 8-9) all their street cleaning and upgrades for the north-south streets in the Fort Sanders Neighborhood.
City crews will complete the north-south streets in Fort Sanders during the weekend of Friday, June 14, from 4 p.m. through Saturday, June 15, at 9 p.m.
Information signs will be posted once again. Street maintenance on the east-west streets of the neighborhood remain as planned for the weekend of July 20-21.
Please read the blog post for a full description and maps of the Fort Sanders Neighborhood street maintenance project.

Friday, June 7, 2019

June 7th Update


Update on the Fort Sanders Neighborhood Street Maintenance Project

City crews are continuing their current street cleaning and upgrades project in the Fort Sanders Neighborhood this weekend (June 8-9) for the north-south streets in that community.

If work is not completed this weekend because of rainy weather, City crews are reserving a rain date for the weekend of Friday, June 14, from 4 p.m. through Saturday, June 15, at 9 p.m. for the north-south streets.

Information signs will be posted once again if needed. Street maintenance on the east-west streets of the neighborhood will remain as planned for the weekend of July 20-21.

Please read the earlier news release here for a full description and maps of the Fort Sanders Neighborhood street maintenance project.



Friday, May 31, 2019

May 31st Update

Cumberland Avenue Merchants Association (CAMA) - Monthly Meeting


Date: Wednesday, June 5

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 ways to promote and market this district.

This month's agenda will include information about street cleaning and updates in Fort Sanders, Keep Knoxville Beautiful and a program to reduce litter from cigarette butts, and a great marketing opportunity with East Tennessee American Society of Landscape Architects hosting a walk with Elected Officials scheduled for August. 

Parking: Available parking is located at Copper Cellar. 

Hope to see you there. Bring a neighbor or a friend! 

FORT SANDERS NEIGHBORHOOD STREET CLEANING AND UPGRADES PLANNED FOR JUNE AND JULY WEEKENDS

Fort Sanders neighborhood streets will soon be getting some extensive cleaning and fresh markings. The summer City Street Maintenance Project will enhance the neighborhood’s quality of life, better define parking areas, sweep streets, update signs and markings, and improve traffic safety.

“Temporarily removing cars for street cleaning creates an ideal situation for refreshing markings on the street. This project will have a positive impact on the whole neighborhood,” said Jim Hagerman, Knoxville Director of Engineering. 

“Because of the very high demand for on-street parking in the Fort Sanders neighborhood, it is usually impossible to sweep the streets. With cars always present, it is also difficult to maintain street and curb markings that indicate where parking is allowed. Temporarily restricting parking for this project will enable City teams to do a thorough cleaning and update markings as well.”

The weekend work will occur June 8-9 on north-south streets and on July 20-21 on streets running east-west in the Fort Sanders area.

Traffic is expected to continue to flow on the affected streets during the project. However, temporary short-term closures may occur as needed for safety. During the project dates and times, parking will not be allowed, and towing will be enforced on the streets affected.

Specifically, the north-south streets included in the project are those between Cumberland Avenue and Grand Avenue (north of Cumberland), including 12th through 23rd streets and including James Agee Street.

East-west streets are those parallel to Cumberland Avenue from White Avenue to Grand Avenue, including Clinch, Laurel, Bridge, Highland and Forest avenues, and on Grand Avenue between 11th and 23rd streets.

Work will start on streets adjacent to Fort Sanders area hospitals to minimize inconvenience.

Both weekends’ project hours in June and July will begin Saturday at 6 a.m. and will end Sunday at 6 p.m.

Temporary no-parking signs will be posted at least 48 hours in advance of the street maintenance work. Normal street operations will resume once work is completed on each street. 

During the Cumberland Avenue Merchants Association’s June 5 meeting at 3 p.m. at Copper Cellar Restaurant on Cumberland Avenue, a member of the City Engineering Department will be available for individuals to ask questions about the upcoming Fort Sanders Neighborhood project. 

The media release, including maps showing the street closures, is available on the City's website at http://bit.ly/FtSandersStreets.  


Friday, March 1, 2019

March 1st Update

Cumberland Avenue Merchants Association (CAMA) - Monthly Meeting


Date: Wednesday, March 6

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 ways to promote and market this district.

Patricia Robledo with the Office of Business support will be providing a update on electric scooter and pilot program City Council approved. There will also be discussion of the recent marketing effort with Knoxville Weekend and upcoming events.

Parking: Available parking is located at Copper Cellar. 

Hope to see you there. Bring a neighbor or a friend! 

Cumberland Avenue Wins an Orchid Award! 
The City of Knoxville is delighted to be honored at Keep Knoxville Beautiful’s Orchids Awards dinner held Thursday, Feb. 28, at The Press Room in Knoxville. The annual awards honor Knoxville’s most beautiful properties.

The event also celebrated the 40th anniversary of Keep Knoxville Beautiful. Mayor Madeline Rogero was the evening’s special Keynote Speaker.

The City of Knoxville’s Cumberland Avenue Corridor Streetscape Project was presented an Orchid award for “Outdoor Space.” The Hyatt Rooftop Bar also was a recipient of the award for “Outdoor Space” category.

The Cumberland Avenue Streetscape project opened in August 2017 and has set the stage for more economic successes and a more vibrant and attractive street. The new Streetscape has resulted in better traffic flow, a more appealing environment with benches, plantings, landscaping and newly energized merchants excited about their district. The project has also resulted in reduced vehicle, bike and pedestrian crashes.

Keep Knoxville Beautiful presents Orchid Awards in seven different categories: Redesign/Reuse, Outdoor Space, Community Garden, New Architecture, Public Art, Restaurant/Café/Bar/Brewery and Environmental Stewardship. These awards are given to individuals who are beautifying our dynamic city. Additionally, the Mary Lou Horner Beautification Award was presented, as well as the Felicia Harris Hoehne Award being presented for the third time.

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Community Events
Friday March 1, 2019
First Friday ArtWalk
Downtown Knoxville
5pm
Explore galleries, studios, and artist collectives; roam through shops hosting open houses and local artist exhibits; enjoy performance art and live music in the streets and a variety of venues; drop in restaurants along the way and treat yourself to drinks and great food. https://www.downtownknoxville.org/artwalk/

Saturday March 2, 2019
Mardi Growl
Market Square
11am-3pm
Young-Williams Animal Center’s 12th annual Mardi Growl pet parade and party. The Center's largest fundraiser of the year. Parade starts at 11am and will go down Jackson Ave to Gay Street, Gay Street to Clinch Ave. There will be dogs in costume, large dogs and tiny dogs. Come down and watch this fun parade!

Sunday March 3, 2019
Glow for Galactosemia
Tyson Park
3pm
1mile/5k/10k race to raise funds for the Galactosemia Foundation

Monday, December 31, 2018

December 31st Update

CAMA Meeting moved to January 9th


Date: Wednesday, January 9*
*please note date change

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 ways to promote and market this district.

There will also be discussion of upcoming events and opportunities for business participation.

Parking: Available parking is located at Copper Cellar. 

Hope to see you there. Bring a neighbor or a friend! 
2019 Meeting dates and information for Cumberland Avenue Merchants Association

City of Knoxville Releases Report on Cumberland Avenue

We’ve periodically been asked questions about traffic flow, statistics on collisions and private investment along the Cumberland Avenue Corridor since the Cumberland Avenue reconstruction project was completed in August 2017.
A detailed report that is posted on the City’s website, prepared by the City’s Traffic Engineering Division and the Office of Redevelopment, using Police Department and Traffic Engineering data is available here.

Below is the Executive Summary, but there’s a lot more information in the 50-plus-page report:

The goal of the Cumberland Avenue Corridor Project was to chart the course for a "more attractive,
economically successful, vibrant and safe Cumberland Avenue." This report aims to assess how
successful the City and its partners were in achieving those goals after investing $25 million in public
funds.

Engaging extensively with stakeholders, the public, the University of Tennessee community and media,
three key litmus tests emerged:

· Is Cumberland Avenue safer?

· Does traffic flow well?

· Has the public investment in infrastructure leveraged significant private reinvestment in hotels,
retail, entertainment and residential housing along the corridor?

For each of these measuring sticks of whether the project was successful, the data clearly indicates that
the City has hit its milestone goals and that the public investment has reaped handsome rewards.

Consider:

· In the six-month period since the project was completed, Police Department traffic crash data
shows an approximate 40 percent reduction in vehicle crashes along the corridor. In addition, no
pedestrian or bicycle crashes with vehicles have been reported in the same time period – a direct
result of inherent conflicts having been dramatically reduced.

· As predicted, traffic volumes are down by 5 to 21 percent at different points throughout the
corridor. This reflects the desired effect of Cumberland Avenue being transformed from a cut-through
route to a destination. Delays in average commute times have been minimal overall. And
at different peak travel times, signal system optimization has improved travel times for both
eastbound and westbound commuters by 7.5 to more than 20 percent.

· The $25 million project has leveraged more than $190 million in private investment and brought
more than 1,400 new residents to the half-mile corridor from 17th Street to University Commons
Way.

Based on these findings, the City is confident in stating that it has met the goals of the Cumberland
Avenue Corridor Plan and that the implementation of the project has been successful.

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