Groups Pick Magnolia Avenue Corridor for Revitalization

By: Stacy McCloud
By: Stacy McCloud

Knoxville (WVLT) - Another area of Knoxville is set to get a facelift.

The East Tennessee Chapter of the American Institute of Architects, as well as the Metropolitan Planning Committee, announced plans to give East Knoxville its turn at revitalization.

Volunteer TV's Stacy McCloud has more on a study that could bring Magnolia Avenue new business and a new look.

Many of the vacancies that line the streets of Magnolia Avenue are officially one step closer to being filled.

"It's got great potential and we're gonna dust it off, polish it and let it shine," says East Knoxville resident Nick DellaVolpe.

A study to see just how much potential this once thriving area of town has, was put into place Tuesday.

Those who have been working to make these first steps possible say it's time for the community to see the potential that lies within East Knoxville.

"We have a great road and I think we have an undeserved community," DellaVolpe says.

Developers say Magnolia has the structure it needs to thrive, which is what make the dream of seeing it grow, so appealing.

"30 years ago it was a major boulevard. I think the interstate changed traffic flow, but it's gonna bring some of that focus back and I think we're gonna see a lot of development going on," DellaVolpe explains.

Carrie Dixson remembers magnolia way back then. "We didn't have to leave out of the house to drive cars to go no where, we just walked across the street"

While now she only stops by to visit her mother who still lives in the house she grew up in, Dixson says these good things on the verge of happening give her encouragement that she could one day soon bring her family back to her roots.

"I might could get a job over here," she says.

An upward vision that leaders say. with community input, can and will happen.

"Magnolia is a diamond in the backyard of the City of Knoxville," DellaVolpe says.

Community leaders and the architects working on the project say they need your help to make this happen.

They are asking community members to come out to a public input meeting that will be held on April 19th, at 4:30, in the Jacob's Building.


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