(WBIR-Hariman) On Saturday, Harriman took another step toward drastically changing its downtown.
The city wants to fill 14 vacant buildings in the area. The Roane County Medical Center moved from those buildings to a new facility in nearby Midtown in February.
So, the city and the Harriman Industrial Development Board organized a tour dubbed "Prospect 14" to stir up interest amongst potential buyers. It occured Saturday, attracting dozens of people.
Harriman resident Billy Wright said he was looking for a possible business opportunity.
"It excites me to see that they're trying to do something," he said.
Mayor Chris Mason said he is just happy Harriman can control what goes into the buildings.
"You know there was a lot of gloom and doom when the hospital said it was going to leave our downtown," he said. "We decided to look at it differently and with the glass half-full."
Mason told 10News the city and board has been approached by parties interested in creating an assisted living center. He also said there has been a lot of interest in renovating some of the structures to living space.
All requests for proposals on the available propertiees will be due by July 8.If you would like a private tour of the property, you can contact Deena at 865-882-9414.