Public Meeting June 1st on Two Brownfield Cleanup Projects

Communications Director

Jesse Fox Mayshark
jmayshark@knoxvilletn.gov
(865) 215-3710

400 Main St., Room 654A
Knoxville, TN 37902

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Public Meeting June 1st on Two Brownfield Cleanup Projects

Posted: 05/18/2017
A public meeting on two brownfield cleanup projects (former McClung Warehouses site and former Sanitary Laundry site) will be held at 6 p.m. on Thursday, June 1, 2017 at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 544 N. Broadway

City of Knoxville Office of Redevelopment staff and representatives of S&ME Inc., the contractor chosen through a competitively bid contract to implement the projects

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded $350,000 in brownfield cleanup grant funds that will be used to remediate contamination on two important City of Knoxville redevelopment sites – the former McClung Warehouses site on Jackson Avenue and the former Sanitary Laundry site, 625 N. Broadway. The City has contributed a $70,000 match.

The properties are unusual redevelopment sites in that they’re City-owned – at least for now. The City, motivated by blight-abatement and public safety concerns, purchased the McClung Warehouses in 2013 from a bankruptcy trustee. The next year, the City acquired the abandoned dry-cleaning site on Broadway in a tax foreclosure. 

Both properties would be considered prime candidates for strategic private reinvestment – except for the contaminants on the sites. So once the federally- and locally-funded rehabilitation of both properties is complete, the City will seek requests for proposals (RFPs) from private redevelopers for both the Sanitary Laundry and McClung Warehouses properties. A mix of uses is envisioned for both properties, which would revert to private ownership and generate tax revenues.

Anyone needing a disability accommodation to attend the June 1 meeting should contact the City’s ADA Coordinator, Stephanie Cook, at scook@knoxvilletn.gov or 865-215-2034. For an English interpreter, contact the City Law Department at 865-215-2050.