Residential space, parking, or a greenway were some of the ideas for the future of Jackson Avenue that were suggested by developers and downtown residents Thursday evening.

City leaders, including Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero, met with residents and developers to discuss the future of the 500 block of West Jackson Avenue.

The McClung Warehouses sat on that block before a fire in February badly damaged them, and crews ultimately tore them down.

"This is an important a block as we have in the city. There's lots of public interest in it, and whatever we do is going to be here for decades and decades and we've got to get the wisdom of the public, the ideas of the public and make sure that we're in line with that the general community vision is before we proceed," said Bill Lyons, chief policy officer deputy to the mayor.

The city says it will use the ideas from Thursday's discussion to help it craft a request for proposal. They expect that to go out later this summer.

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