Numerous developments could reshape the future of the Old City in Knoxville.
On Tuesday, the Knoxville City Council approved plans to give an engineering company close to $300,000 to redesign Jackson Avenue between Gay and Patton streets in the Old City.
The company, CDM Smith, has 10 months to come up with a streetscapes, which would widen sidewalks and add trees, plants and lights to the area.
The city said it will likely ask for more money for the construction phase of the project in 2014. No timetable has been set for when construction could occur.
Developer David Dewhirst said it's important to emphasize sidewalks in the Old City's future. He said that what many of Knoxville's younger residents care about.
"That's where the future is, believe it or not, life is not about cars," Dewhirst said.
A number of big developments are happening in the Old City right now, besides the streetscape project and Dewhirst is in charge of one of them.
He is currently renovating a mixed-used building at the intersection of Depot Avenue and Central Street named the White Lilly Flour Mill. He hopes to have that project finished within a year.
Further down the street, businessman Randy Boyd is renovating the Patrick Sullivan Saloon on the corner of Central and Jackson Avenue.
Boyd said he hopes to have the building renovated by early 2014. He said he was hopeful a restaurant tenant could come into the building and use the entire space.