BMA to receive Kingsport Landing Master Plan at Monday Work Session
KINGSPORT -- Consultants from Kennedy, Coulter, Rushing and Watson will provide the Board of Mayor and Aldermen with their first look at the full master plan developed for the riverfront at its Monday work session.
KCRW, instrumental in designing river front districts in Chattanooga and elsewhere, has created a master plan defining design, potential land uses, implementation, anticipated economic impacts and funding strategies.
"Kingsport Landing will be uniquely attractive, vibrant, and varied place where history meets the present and makes the future happen," said Tom Parham, who chairs the project’s community advisory board. "The consulting firm has done an excellent job incorporating the community’s vision into an achievable and affordable plan."
Highlights of the 15-year master plan include more than 100 acres of new and refurbished river front parks, with a one mile walking loop traversing three pedestrian bridges over the Holston River.
Anticipated to cost $26 million over 15 years, funding for the project will be sought from federal, state and local sources, as well as the private sector.
"It’s important to remember that we don’t expect this all to happen overnight," Development Services Manager Chris McCartt said. "This is really just the road map to move us forward. We do anticipate that much of the cost will be paid by private sector developers."
The walking route would complete the Greenbelt from Cloud Park all the way to the confluence of the North and South forks of the Holston River.
The plan also envisions 340,000 square feet of mixed use private development, including restaurants, shops, offices, retail, condominiums and town homes.
And, wharves, playgrounds, interactive water features, performance venues, fishing sports, gardens, historic interpretation and public art all combine to help complete the master plan.
More than 350 interested members of the public participated in three visioning sessions, with all of that information taken into account as the master plan was developed.
Meeting date: Monday, Aug 20, 4:30 pm
Contact: Chris McCartt 423.224.2704 firstname.lastname@example.org
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