City officials show plans for redeveloping North Gay Street to the public

5:25 PM, Nov 14, 2012   |    comments
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The City of Knoxville envisioned a plan to connect Downtown Knoxville while designing a plan for North Gay Street. City officials showed off and reviewed their plans with the public on Wednesday afternoon.

The design calls for a narrower street, sidewalk repairs, landscaping, underground utilities, and more. If approved, this would complete the improvement project for all of Gay Street, stretching from the Gay Street Bridge to Emory Place.

City planners hope the work better links the area to the core of the city.

"We've been trying to connect Downtown North with Downtown, and our strategy has been, let's take the same tools we've used Downtown. It's been successful, and try to reach out to the core neighborhoods around Downtown. We feel like Gay Street is a very important part of that connection," said Bob Whetsel, the director of redevelopment for the City of Knoxville.

Designers say if they have the public's support, they hope to place a bid to the city by early spring or summer.

If approved, officials say work could start as early as summer.

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