Saturday, April 29, 2017

Concepts for Supporting Great Places, Healthy People and Transportation Choices

S.R. 61 Corridor in E. Anderson County

The Recreation District
The Recreation District
A recreation district is conceptualized for the southern end of the study area on Highway 61 Corridor in East Anderson County.
New Parks and Open Space
New Parks and Open Space
New parks and open spaces should be developed for residents and visitors along State Route 61.
The Core District
The Core District
A core district should be developed between the heritage district and the agricultural district that would include a variety of uses for economic development.
Core District Streetscape
Core District Streetscape
The streetscape recommendation within the Core District aims for consistency through the use of a landscaped median, a reduced number of lanes, creation of greenways/sidewalks and a vegetative buffer.
The Heritage District
The Heritage District
The Heritage District proposes uses that bring together the arts and crafts and agricultural heritage of the area through a variety of uses centered around the Museum of Appalachia.
Arts and Crafts Center
Arts and Crafts Center
An arts and crafts center is conceptualized as a compliment to the Museum of Appalachia within the Heritage District.
The Agricultural District
The Agricultural District
The Agricultural District is proposed just north of the Heritage District along State Route 61 and would compliment the region's rich agricultural heritage with uses such as an equestrian center, a culinary institute, a farmer's market/coop, as well as a fine dining winery and some residential.
Greenway Design
Greenway Design
Consistency in greenway design and plantings is recommended throughout the corridor. The design should maintain a vegetative buffer along Buffalo Creek.
Roundabout
Roundabout
A roundabout is recommended for the State Route 61/Norris Road/Norris Freeway intersection which would help slow down traffic and create a sense of place within the core district.
 
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PROJECT NAME:

State Route 61 Corridor in
East Anderson County

DEMONSTRATION PROJECT PARTNER:

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

About this Project

The concepts presented here were created to foster further discussion on how growth and development along State Route 61 in east Anderson County could be undertaken in a more environmentally and culturally sensitive manner.

Available Resources

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Concepts for Supporting Great Places, Healthy People and Transportation Choices : S.R. 61 Corridor in E. Anderson County

Concepts

Great Places
This project envisions a corridor that creates a great place through preserving the cultural and natural heritage. This great place is envisioned to include a new secondary town center at the Norris Road/Norris Freeway intersection, where residents and tourists can congregate in a mixed-use, pedestrian-friendly environment. The new attractions are connected by a system of open spaces.

Clean Air and Water
The project envisions a corridor where the area’s watershed and Buffalo Creek are protected. This can be done through creek stabilization, preserving woodlands and agricultural spaces, and integrating stormwater management solutions where development does occur.

Efficient Infrastructure
The project envisions a corridor that slows traffic down and encourages adjacent development through a reduced number of lanes, landscaped medians, sidewalks, safe pedestrian crossings, underground utilities, and a roundabout as future infrastructure improvements. These improvements are expected to spur private investment, decreasing development pressures in the countryside.

Healthy People
The project envisions a corridor that has new parks and open spaces that are utilized by residents and visitors. These new amenities would give people an opportunity to live a healthier lifestyle by increasing their physical activity.

Housing Choices
The project envisions a corridor that has new housing choices in and around the corridor. The new amenities within the corridor (such as restaurants, parks and greenways) will attract new housing choices nearby. In addition, the project envisions greater connectivity to outlying areas which would open up more opportunities for more housing outside the corridor.

Local Food Production
The project envisions a corridor that plays a role in encouraging more local food production. The first step in improving local food production would be a new farm-to-table restaurant that is recommended across from the Museum of Appalachia. The project envisions a pear orchard whose harvest time would coincide with the museum’s annual homecoming.
 
Regional Prosperity

The project envisions a corridor that plays a stronger role in the area’s tourism economy by providing a welcome center, arts and crafts center, equestrian center, culinary institute, resort, restaurants, outfitters and retail/office space. These amenities could be enjoyed by both residents and tourists passing through the corridor.

Transportation Choices
The project envisions a corridor where traffic is slowed down, so people feel safe walking and bicycling through the corridor. With the planned addition of sidewalks and greenways this corridor is envisioned to offer more transportation choices.

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