On Thursday, city, county, and community leaders will reveal plans to transform a city block of property in Lonsdale to serve neighborhood kids and their families.
The announcement is set for 3 p.m. at the corner of Sherman Street and Minnesota Avenue, according to a release from the Emerald Youth Foundation.
It's believed that city and county leaders are exploring a proposal to turn an empty lot near Texas Avenue and Stonewall Street into a multi-use facility – a move neighbors in Lonsdale hope could help deter violence in the community.
The city of Knoxville currently owns the lot, which sits across from the Sam E. Hill Preschool. In addition to that property, county officials say the Emerald Youth Foundation wants the county to transfer a piece of its property located near the school.
A Knox County spokesperson confirmed representatives from the Emerald Youth Foundation, the city of Knoxville Public Works Department and Knoxville Parks and Recreation approached County Mayor Tim Burchett in late March to request support for the proposed multi-use center.
The Emerald Youth Foundation's leaders, as well as Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero, Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett, and community leaders are expected to be at Thursday's announcement.