BURLINGTON – VISUAL PREFERENCE SURVEY

OpenStreetMagnoliaBURLINGTON, KNOXVILLE, KNOX COUNTY, TN

Burlington Neighborhood Association is partnering with East Tennessee Community Design Center to gather public opinion. This survey displays varying examples of features found in any typical neighborhood and commercial area. By completing this survey you will help us better understand what type of community Burlington would like to grow in to.

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THE FUTURESCAPE OF PITTMAN CENTER

 PittmanImagePITTMAN CENTER, SEVIER COUNTY, TN

ETCDC partnered with TVA to create a sustainable plan for the future development of Pittman Center, which would preserve their mountain heritage, their scenic and natural assets, and their networks of family and social relationships.  The team analyzed the existing area and developed guidelines to ensure that all future development would contribute to the values embraced by the people of the area.  These sketches and renderings illustrate some of the recommended concepts.

Volunteer: Bruce McCarty

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OPEN STREETS SPRING 2016 SURVEY

Open Streets ImageKNOXVILLE, KNOX COUNTY, TN

How would you like your street to look? East Tennessee Community Design Center presented Open Streets participants with a Visual Preference Survey. The survey shows a wide variety of design related categories and asked participants to pick their top two choices in each category. The exercise was meant to engage the public and get people thinking about how cities and streets are composed.This report shows the categories as presented on the day of the event, followed by a results page that highlights the top two choices of each category. Thanks to all participants!

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ALCOA HIGHWAY IMPROVEMENTS

AlcoaHwyKNOXVILLE, KNOX COUNTY, TN

Lakemoor Hills Neighborhood Association (LHNA) requested East Tennessee Community Design Center (ETCDC) to review the original Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) plan for Alcoa Highway. TDOT’s plan was to make Alcoa Highway function more like an interstate with six lanes of traffic separated by a center concrete barrier. Per ETCDC and LHAA input the plan improved access to Montlake and Lakemoor Hills by adding a round-a-bout. Improved entrances to the West Commercial District by a frontage road. The new plan also provides adequate road width for pedestrian and bike traffic at the connector roads, although these paths are not striped or marked.

Click here for TDOT’s roadway plan animation.

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FIRST TEE OF GREATER KNOXVILLE AT WILLIAMS CREEK GOLF COURSE

ETCDC 1000TH PROJECT

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East Tennessee Community Design Center (ETCDC) and volunteer professional architect David Collins, AIA with McCarty Holsaple McCarty were requested to analyze the expansion needs of the First Tee of Greater Knoxville at Williams Creek Golf Course. The First Tee Program impacts the lives of young people by providing educational programs that build character, instill life-enhancing values, and promote healthy choices through the game of golf. Much needed improvements to their existing building, creation of an outdoor pavilion with turf roof, and cart barn will allow First Tee of Greater Knoxville to reach more young people by expanding their current programs and golf operations.

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BROADWAY CORRIDOR ENHANCEMENT PLAN

KNOXVILLE, KNOX COUNTY, TN

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ETCDC was asked to assist City of Knoxville and the Broadway Corridor Task Force with developing a Broadway Corridor Enhancement Plan.  Broadway has potential to become a successful Corridor connecting Fountain City to Downtown Knoxville. It has wonderful assets such as long standing businesses and strong neighborhoods.  Its current make up however leads to a poor business environment that is not appealing to costumers. The goal of this enhancement plan is to assess these shortcomings and develop demonstrative solutions that can be implemented throughout the corridor. Latest news regarding the Broadway Corridor: WBIR Knoxville

ETCDC facilitated a series of Public Input Meetings, the latest was held on November 1, 2016 to report back to the public showing the product of previous meetings. Broadway Corridor Enhancement Plan Presentation (47.0 MB) and Written Report. News related to the November 1 meeting: Inside of Knoxville Blog, Knox News Sentinel Nov 1, Knox News Sentinel Oct 31, WBIR Nov 1

A Design Charrette was held Thursday November 5, 2015 at St. James Episcopal Church Fellowship Hall 1101 N. Broadway Knoxville, TN 37917. Over 7o community members, business leaders, and city/ county officials were in attendance. News related to November 5th Meeting: City of Knoxville Blog, WBIR Knoxville

 

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2030 Perspective 05-4 copyBROADWAY CARPETS – STREETSCAPE , FACADE ENHANCEMENT  AND PARK PLAN

KNOXVILLE, KNOX COUNTY, TN

City of Knoxville Community Development requested the ETCDC study the Broadway Carpet site and building. ETCDC design team and volunteer John Wisinger, ASLA landscape architect developed two concept site plans: one for the existing building, one showing future expansion, developed a concept plan for the neighborhood park, and facade improvements to enhance the aesthetic appeal of the existing building.

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HARDIN VALLEY ACADEMY OUTDOOR CLASSROOM AND CAMPUS MASTER PLAN

KNOXVILLE, KNOX COUNTY, TN

Hardin Valley Academy (HVA) Outdoor Classroom Committee requested assistance from the East Tennessee Community Design Center (ETCDC) to create a conceptual campus master plan.

ETCDC and volunteer professional landscape architect Rachel Beasley, ASLA combined common elements from the design charrette and refined the ideas to develop the conceptual campus master plan. This plan includes site amenities such as beautification through landscaping, walking trails, outdoor amphitheaters, gardens, and a Level I Arboretum. The HVA campus master plan utilizes over 30 acres, striving to incorporate the sites natural topography, wooded areas, and natural riparian areas. Running through the back of the campus is Conner Creek which is part of the Beaver Creek Watershed and larger Clinch River Watershed. The area is a prime location to educate students about water management and other natural studies.

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PARKRIDGE COMMERCIAL DISTRICT – Streetscape Improvements

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ETCDC was asked by City of Knoxville Redevelopment Department to assist the Parkridge Community Organization with developing a streetscape for the commercial district located on Washington Avenue beginning at the North 6th Avenue intersection and ending at the Winona Street intersection. ETCDC design team and volunteer Kenny Townsend developed a conceptual streetscape plan and master plan for the district.

Starting at Winona Street and Washington Avenue intersection the concept is to make the area more pedestrian friendly by eliminating driveways and curb cuts on Washington Avenue. Maintain parallel on-street parking and add parking accessed from side streets. New parking is to be added at the redeveloped alley.  Eliminating curb cuts and driveways will improve greenway and overall pedestrian safety.

See Knoxville Urban Guy’s Blog Article About Parkridge Streetscape Project

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WEST VALLEY CAMPUS MASTER PLAN

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West Valley Middle School Outdoor Classroom Committee requested assistance from the East Tennessee Community Design Center (ETCDC) to create a conceptual campus master plan for West Valley Middle School (WVMS). ETCDC and volunteer professionals landscape architect Mike Fowler and Karen Ferency, storm water specialist, combined common elements from the design charrette and refined the ideas to develop the conceptual campus master plan. This plan includes site amenities such as beautification through landscaping and art installation venues, walking trails, outdoor amphitheaters, outdoor classrooms, outdoor play areas, and a Level I Arboretum (botanical garden focused on trees and shrubbery which will educate the public on conservation and will provide areas for scientific study.)

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HUTCH PROPERTY VISIONING – PlanET Demonstration Project

LOUDON, LOUDON COUNTY, TN
The Community Design Center and volunteer architects Doug McCarty and Mitch McNabb with McCarty Holsaple McCarty and Landscape Architect Jason Brake with TVA Economic Development, collaborated to create a Visioning Plan for the existing Hutch Property industrial site. The team developed a conceptual land-use plan and streetscape. The plan includes a new City Hall, live/work units in the preserved buildings, a riverfront park with greenway, and residential units.

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IJAMS NATURE CENTER MASTER PLAN

KNOXVILLE, KNOX COUNTY, TN
The Community Design Center and volunteer architect, Mike Fowler, collaborated to create a 10 year Master Plan for Ijams Nature Center.  Overall, the main goal of the plan was to enhance the first impression guests had when entering the site and moving through it from the existing Visitor Center to the Mead’s Quarry property.  Additions include: large and medium event areas, the idea of making Ijams a more tourist recreation destination, increased parking, and new infrastructure requirements.

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THE OLD CITY STREETSCAPES

KNOXVILLE, KNOX COUNTY, TN
The Old City Merchants Association and City Development requested the help of the Community Design Center to create a plan for the district that would establish better and safer pedestrian routes between parking areas and businesses of the Old City.  The plan also adds more amenities such as trees, lighting, and many other features.

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BLOUNT MANSION CAMPUS PLAN

KNOXVILLE, KNOX COUNTY, TN
The Blount Mansion Association came to the Community Design Center to develop an overall campus master plan to relate the various structures and activities on their site. In addition to the actual Blount Mansion and it’s out-buildings, there is another historic building on the site. The Craighead-Jackson house was built in 1818 and served as a visitors center and office until a new visitor’s center was built on the corner of Hill Avenue and Gay Street. An additional part of the campus planning is to identify reuse opportunities for the house.

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HISTORIC DANDRIDGE STREETSCAPE

JEFFERSON COUNTY – TN
Dandridge Community Trust, which is affiliated with Main Street USA, requested help in studying Historic Downtown Dandridge. After several public input meetings, the CDC with Volunteers Barbara Pearman from AICP, and Ben Pethel from ASLA proposed a new streetscape plan. The plan will make the city more pedestrian friendly, environmentally conscious, and enhances the existing historic aesthetic while maintaining its authentic character.

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