Friday, September 3, 2010

September 3rd Update


CAMA Update
On Wednesday, September 1st the Cumberland Avenue Merchants Association (CAMA) held their regularly scheduled monthly meeting at 3:00pm in the Old College Inn Restaurant. Several businesses were represented as well as KPD, the Metropolitan Drug Commission, UT Athletic Department, UT Safety, Environment & Education Center and City staff. City staff provided an update on the Cumberland Ave. Streetscape Plan and the Form Based Code. Additionally, City staff announced the Ft. Sanders Stakeholder meeting and the merchants elected a representative to attend that meeting.

Also at this meeting, UT Federal Credit Union announced that free parking is available to the Public at the Credit Union, 2100 White Avenue, weekdays after 6:00pm, and weekends except for game days. This is a generous offer which will support businesses during evening and weekend hours! This is a trial run, so please make sure to use the lot with respect.

Ft. Sanders Stakeholders Quarterly Meeting Update
Thanks to everyone who attended yesterday's stakeholders meeting; there was great attendance. The meeting minutes are being compiled and will be posted sometime next week. The agenda of the meeting included a welcome and introductions; Ft. Sanders codes sweep and educational opportunity; long range planning implementation strategy discussion; stakeholder updates and future meeting time.

A quick explanation of the codes sweep and educational opportunity - the City's Codes Enforcement Department will be conducting a neighborhood sweep from 17th Street east to 11th Street on September 29th to identify violations and notify residents of those issues. This has been a successful program in the Park Ridge and West View neighborhoods within the last year. More information will be posted about this in the minutes of the meeting and in future blog posts.

Also there was a lengthy discussion regarding the Ft. Sanders Long Range Plan and we are please to announce a consenus has been reached regarding the plan. A new draft reflecting the agreement of stakeholders will be distributed in the next few weeks. Also the next Ft. Sanders Stakeholder meeting will be to review this draft and is scheduled for Thursday, October 21th at 4:30 pm, location will be announced closer to date. Thanks to everyone for providing their thoughts on this plan!

KUB Updates
From: KUB Community Relations (Contact No. 594-7988)
Re: Traffic Advisory – Road Closures for Utility Construction

Lake Avenue Road Closure [September 7-9] – Beginning on Tuesday, September 7, and lasting through Thursday, September 9, KUB and its contractor will close a section of Lake Avenue between Melrose Place and Eighteenth Street to thru traffic daily from 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. in association with ongoing sewer system upgrades in the area. Crews will not work and the road
closure will not be in effect on Monday, September 6, due to the Labor Day holiday.

Some listed closures may extend beyond the scheduled times depending on the conditions encountere 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 extreme caution and expect temporary delays in these areas.

Weekend Opportunities
Tonight is First Friday Downtown from 5:00-9:00 pm, there are several galleries and shops that will be open this evening with special exhibits, check it out! Don't forget there is free parking at the Locust Street, State Street and Market Square garages and the Old City lot under James White Parkway.

The University of Tennessee's season opener is on Saturday at Neyland Stadium. Be sure to stop in and support our Cumberland Avenue Merchants. If you're interested in informaiton related to downtown parking for football games please visit here. Go Vols!

Finally, the 23rd Anniversary Boomsday Celebration will be Sunday, September 5th for more information regarding parking, what to bring and not to bring, boating, and road closures, please visit the city's website, here.

Thanks for your continued interest. Please have a safe and fun holiday weekend!

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