Friday, February 15, 2013

February 15th Update

AT&T Construction - 2/19- 2/21
Due to unforseen events, the replacement of the duct line for AT&T was delayed. This work is in preparation for the Cumberland Avenue Streetscape project, and AT&T will place approximately 350 feet of new conduit within Cumberland Avenue in order to replace an outdated line. The scope of work is from 22nd Street to Metron Center Way and will impact one lane of traffic. The work is now anticipated to start Tuesday, February 19th; hours of construction will be from 9:00 pm to 7:00 am in order to reduce the impact to traffic. The construction should last 2-3 days and therefore be completed by the end of next week.

Please drive carefully around the work zone.

Cumberland Avenue Design Review (C-7) Board Meeting/BZA request Update

The C-7 Board meeting was held on January 2, 2013 at 2:00 pm in the Goal Post Tavern, 1824 Cumberland Avenue. The meeting hosted by the Metropolitan Planning Commission (MPC) was held to review a proposed development for 2010 Cumberland Avenue (corner of Mountcastle and Cumberland). The meeting was open to the public.

The proposed mixed use development project with 2 floors of parking, 1 floor of retail and a proposed 9 floors of residential was well received by the C-7 Board. The Board voted to recommend 6 variances to the Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA) and approved the project with the following conditions: 1) subject to BZA approval, 2) approval of alternate elevation plans, and 3) approval of future sign plans.

The next step in this proposal is for the applicant to present plans to the BZA on January 17th at 4:00 in the Small Assembly Room of the City County Building.

The BZA meeting for January 17th was cancelled due to inclement weather. Therfore, the agenda items including review of the 2010 Cumberland Avenue variance requests will be heard on Thursday, February 21 at 4:00 in the Small Assembly Room of the City County Building. The meeting is open to the public.

Additionally, the C-7 Board met on February 6th at is regularly scheduled time of 9:00 am at the Panera Bread Cumberland location to review two applications: 1) Sign permit request from Krystal Corporation and 2) Architectural drawings for 2010 Cumberland Avenue. For more informaiton regarding these items, please contact Mike Brusseau (Knox MPC) at 865.215.2500.

CAMA Update

The monthly meeting of the Cumberland Avenue Merchants Association was held on February 6th, at approximately 3:00 pm in the Goal Post Tavern. The meeting was attended by representatives of Walgreens, University Liquors, UTPD, KPD, City of Knoxville, Goal Post Tavern, Regions Bank, and Councilman Saunders. The city staff provided an update on the Streetscape project, the proposed Form Based Code, the proposed project at 2010 Cumberland Avenue, the University Commons project, and parking within the district. The merchants provided updates regarding business during the past month.

The next meeting is scheduled for March 6th at 3:00 pm in the Goal Poast Tavern.

Weekend Events

February 16, 2013

Ice Bears vs Fayetteville Fireantz
Civic Coliseum
Pink in the Rink Night with the Ice Bears. Stick around after the game for a Jersey Auction!
The Ice Bears are teaming up with the Lady Vols in the fight against breast cancer. Bring your ticket stub to the box office for the March 17 Live Pink, Bleed Orange game and receive a $2 discount on your Ice Bears ticket.

As always, thanks for your interest in Cumberland Avenue and surrounding areas. Have a safe and fun-filled weekend.

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