City Council votes against rezoning historic Knoxville home

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT)-- A plan to redevelop a historic home in West Knoxville won't be happening any time soon.

The City Council voted against a plan to rezone the Christenberry House on Kingston Pike. That would have allowed a developer to build condos on the property.

The Kingston Pike Sequoyah Hills Association pushed against the plan saying it would create traffic problems for an already busy area; Sally Namey says," This is an exciting day for our neighborhood. More than anything I feel relief. I was so worried about what might become and today I feel relief."

Mike Cohen, a spokesman for the developer, says the plan would have preserved a piece of history and enhance the neighborhood, "We're deeply disappointed. We think we had a great plan. We think that it would have been good for Sequoyah Hills. It would have preserved the house, and I think the house is in more danger."

Cohen isn't sure what he'll do next.

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