An old church in South Knoxville could soon turn into a brewery, bunkhouse, restaurants and bike rental shops.
Local business developers Tom Weiss and Thomas Krajewski recently purchased the Old Sevier Heights Baptist Church off Lancaster Drive to turn it into "Baker Creek Bottoms," a residential and business hub for the community.
"We are planning a very eclectic, unique, mixed-use development here," Weiss said.
Cyclists at the nearby Baker Creek Preserve are excited about the future plans."I think it's huge. It will provide more economic growth," said Laura Jones. "T
his has been a tough area for businesses in the last few years and this is going to be a huge boom."
The church is next to the site of the new Devil's Racetrack downhill mountain bike trail that opened in June.
The sale isn't official yet, but the developers expect it to close by the end of the year or the beginning of 2017.
"We've been really overwhelmed with the level of interest that has been generated and we haven't even announced anything yet. I guess we are announcing it now," Weiss said.
They are in the process of rezoning the property and have invited the public to attend a meeting at the Old Sevier Heights Baptist Church at 6 p.m. on Oct. 18.