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Construction on more than a thousand new parking spaces for Downtown Knoxville will begin next year.

Tuesday evening, the Knoxville City Council approved the development plan for the Walnut Street garage that will sit across the street from the Market Square garage. It will have nearly 1,100 spaces.

Developers say the vote gives them the go ahead to start clearing the site. Construction will begin in March of next year and should take eight months to a year.

The building will also feature retail space on the bottom. The garage will have the same rules as other downtown garages, including free parking on nights and weekends.

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