Saturday, November 28, 2020

Concepts for Strengthening Our Existing Cities and Towns

Redevelopment in Alcoa & Maryville

Concept for Midland Plaza Area
Concept for Midland Plaza Area
Students re-envisioned Midland Plaza as a mixed use hub, accommodating a range of uses from commercial, office and residential furthering connectivity between the Bassel neighborhood in Alcoa and the Home Avenue neighborhood in Maryville.
Lindsay Street Concept
Lindsay Street Concept
Lindsay Street is a key connection between the residential neighborhoods in Alcoa and Maryville. This complete street concept provides for mixed use opportunities and greater pedestrian, bicyclist and vehicular connectivity.
Master Plan Concept
Master Plan Concept
This master plan vision shows potential build out in the study area for the next 30 to 40 years. Greater residential density is accommodated through mixed use areas, while keeping the single family neighborhood setting and greater greenway connectivity.
Greenway Connection Opportunities
Greenway Connection Opportunities
These concepts demonstrate the types of greenway construction that could be accommodated in varying landscapes in the study area as the network is expanded.
Public Space Vision
Public Space Vision
This architectural vision for public space near the Blount County Library provides for a variety of uses and incorporates low-impact development practices, such as pervious pavers. These practices can contribute to better water quality through the infiltration of stormwater before it reaches Pistol Creek.

Redevelopment in Alcoa & Maryville:
Concepts for Strengthening Our
Existing Cities and Towns


University of Tennessee, Knoxville,
Architecture Program and
Landscape Architecture Program

About this Project

This project re-envisions the commercial strips, shopping plazas and mid-20th-century neighborhoods of the Cities of Alcoa and Maryville. It generates ideas for connecting walkable, bikeable neighborhood streets with nearby offices and shops. It also suggests opportunities for infill development and green infrastructure.

Available Resources

Alcoa Maryville Poster Download the poster:

Concepts for Strengthening Our Existing Cities and Towns: Alcoa & Maryville Redevelopment


Redevelop our vacant and underutilized land
Reinventing Midland Plaza as a major mixed-use center by reclaiming the vast parking lot for additional retail and higher-intensity office and residential uses reduces development pressure elsewhere and provides a great amenity for the nearby neighborhoods.

Provide options for people who don’t drive
This project recommends transforming streets such as Home Avenue and Hall Road into complete streets that are safe for all users, including children and seniors, people with disabilities, and pedestrians and bicyclists. It also suggests options for a future transit system.

Transform our streets and create iconic civic places
Streets become safer and more attractive with a complete sidewalk system, the addition of new park spaces, the planting of street trees, and the installation of new, pedestrian-scaled lighting. Communities can also consider guidelines for new construction and renovation that will foster aesthetically pleasing development.

Support inclusive communities and neighborhoods
The UT students determined that the area did not provide many housing choices for new college graduates or young families. The concept plan calls for a variety of housing, including apartments, townhouses and single-family detached homes. Combined with the potential for more shops and restaurants, the additional housing diversity creates an opportunity for boosting the vitality of the town site.

Embrace a mix of new housing types
The addition of detached houses, townhouses and apartments, plus housing in mixed-use buildings above commercial spaces, increases the diversity of housing available. The additional residential density, especially at the edges of Alcoa’s Bassel neighborhood, near the greenway and around Midland Shopping Center, also adds customers for the nearby shopping areas.

Preserve our natural filters
Building green space into developed areas, especially in the form of natural stormwater treatment, adds beauty, cleans nearby waterways, and reduces infrastructure costs.

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