Knoxville City Council takes up waterfront, food trucks and more

Knoxville's city council voted Tuesday to move forward on street and riverwalk improvements for the South Knoxville waterfront area. Council members agreed to transfer $2.5 million in the city's budget pay for sidewalk and street improvements.

It's just one way the city is trying to pave the way for a new development across the river called "Bridges at Riverside." The project will feature hundreds of luxury apartments, shops, a hotel, and a restaurant.

Next, Vice Mayor Nick Pavlis said the city is just waiting on the developer to secure the money for the project.

"I'm extremely excited. Obviously, I supported it. It's the first project on the waterfront and it will jump start it. Hopefully there will be a lot more investment to follow," said Pavlis.

Also at city council Tuesday, council members gave first approval to a measure that would grant Mayor Madeline Rogero power to create new rules for food trucks under a pilot program. Mayor Rogero would create the rules, and city council must approve them.

Leaders say it's a similar program to what Nashville created, and it's something that was very successful in Middle Tennessee.

That still must pass second reading.

Additionally, city council gave first approval to turn the outside of Kerns Bakery on Chapman Highway into a historic property.

They also approved a plan that would create a bike lane on the I-640 and Broadway interchange, in addition to several improvements on streetscapes on Cumberland Avenue.


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