Room 655, City County Building
Introduction & Overview
In 2009, the Metropolitan Planning Commission and Knoxville City Council adopted the Magnolia Avenue Corridor Plan
. The purpose of the plan was to create opportunities to enhance development along Magnolia Avenue, including the north end of downtown, the Hall of Fame-Caswell Park area, Burlington, and the areas in between. One opportunity called out in the plan was for Magnolia Avenue to be redesigned on the following recommendations:
• Sidewalks would be enhanced
• Bike lanes would be made more functional (wider and/or resurfaced to eliminate concrete seams)
• Street trees and landscaping, including landscapded medians, would offer traffic calming and define the sidewalk system
• On-street parking would be identified more clearly
Magnolia Avenue Project handout [PDF]
Model Block Defined
In 2014, the Magnolia Avenue Streetscape Report
was completed, identifying a portion of the Magnolia Avenue Corridor best suited to create a streetscape "model block" for which the rest of the corridor would follow. A six block section of Magnolia Avenue from Jessamine Street to North Bertrand Street was selected as the model block where streetscape improvements will begin.
Public Meeting January 21, 2016
A public meeting to review design details for the streetscape improvements to the model block section of Magnolia Avenue was held on Thursday, January 21, 2016 at the John T. O'Connor Senior Center.
Meeting attendees reviewed proposed streetscape improvements that include raised medians to replace the center left-turn lane; bike lanes; improved sidewalks; bus pull-offs; and amenities such as lighting, benches, and bike racks.
Public Meeting Presentation [PDF]
If you would like to review all comments received during this period please click on public comments. The Office of Redevelopment reviewed all comments and provided responses.
Funding and Phasing
On April 27, 2016, Mayor Madeline Rogero announced that $4.39 million was placed in the 2016-2017 capital improvement program for the four-block model section of Magnolia Avenue from Jessamine Street to Bertrand Street for streetscape improvements.
Next Steps (tentative and subject to change)
• January to June 2017 - Right-of-way process
• Summer 2017 - Invitation to bid
• Fall 2017 - Notice to proceed for construction
• Spring 2019 - Construction complete