Future of McClung warehouses uncertain

(WBIR-Downtown Knoxville) Saturday's massive fire at the historic McClung Warehouses have left some questions about the future of the property, and if the city still plans on perusing a private developer to take over the land.

"Trying to find solutions and bring them back to life, because they definitely had so much potential -- especially before the first fire," Kim Trent with Knox Heritage said.

During a Saturday press conference, Bill Lyons, the chief deputy to Mayor Rogero said it's too early to tell if the city plans to change its current RFP plans. In November 2013, the city acquired the property, and planned to review proposals for future development on the property.

Since Saturday's fire destroyed one of the three remaining buildings, that RFP process is unknown.

"If it is possible, we'll continue with this process, it'll be one fewer building existing for there in the proposal," Lyons told 10News.

The goal, Trent said, is to try and preserve the remaining buildings, hoping it could be put to "mixed-use" purposes. However, that -- like many plans -- are up in the air.

"Trying to figure out where we are with the condition of the buildings. It very well could be that they are beyond salvaging at this point. So want to get everything settled down on the site and we'll see the structural integrity," Trent said.


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