Knoxville, Tennessee is riding in the 2017 Redevelopment Rodeo with two properties: a former laundry facility and a former warehouse facility. Together with their buddies from Michigan, Oregon, Florida, Montana and New York, Knoxville’s Bad Brownfields Bulls are coming at you in Pittsburgh with one name: Dirty Laundry. Located just blocks apart in Knoxville’s downtown, they’re different sizes with different histories, and they both have the ability to contribute substantially to Knoxville’s downtown vitality. Read more about these properties on our recent blog.
Knoxville has already seen success in redevelopment of brownfield sites with the creation of Suttree Landing Park and Waterfront Drive. Suttree Landing is Knoxville’s new downtown 14-acre linear park, it is hard to imagine that from the 1940s until 2004, this was an industrial site home to a bulk oil storage facility, a textile dying operation and an engine parts manufacturer. To facilitate this transformation, the City of Knoxville successfully negotiated a Brownfield Voluntary Agreement with the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation’s Division of Remediation in 2010. Six years later, the city has a beautiful, multi-use riverfront park. This project illustrates that the conversion of a Brownfield site into an outdoor recreation space can be accomplished through strategic planning, partnerships, community involvement and active stakeholder involvement toward a common vision.
The city applied for and received a $400,000 Community-Wide Brownfield Assessment Grant from U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to assess properties along the waterfront. The collaborative effort between EPA, the City of Knoxville and TDEC identified 12 sites with significant redevelopment potential. Two of the sites were used for Suttree Landing Park. With the creation of the park came the connection of the Urban Wilderness in South Knoxville, a
recreation, cultural and historic preservation initiative, incorporating 1,000 forested acres in and around the South Waterfront. The park
contains a Riverwalk, two festival lawns, four overlook areas with seat walls and picnic tables, an ADA-accessible children’s playground, a put-in area for kayaks and canoes, and a surface parking lot for larger events. The park festival lawn has an irrigation system that pumps water from the river, reducing the need for potable water on site. Bioswales were installed to manage water runoff and tolerate periodic flooding. The Riverwalk consists of a six-foot wide soft surface running trail, a five-foot furnishing zone composed of bike racks, benches, and lighting, and a 12-foot hard surface, and a multi-use path for bicyclists and pedestrians.
Join us at the Redevelopment Rodeo in Pittsburgh this December 6th and learn from our expert wranglers as they rope these Bad Brownfield Bulls. You can find the Redevelopment Rodeos at
• Pre-Conference Workshop: Developers Talk Deals December 4th | 9:00am-12:00pm | Room 317/318
• The Redevelopment Rodeo: Episode One, “Big City” December 6th | 1:45pm-2:45pm | Room 301/302
• The Redevelopment Rodeo: Episode Two, “Small Town” December 6th | 4:15pm-5:15pm | Room 301/302