About this Project
This project results in a 20- to 30-year master plan that focuses on the impact of Maynardville Highway (TN-33) on Maynardville’s downtown. Its goals are to help promote economic development, increase the City’s visibility from Highway 33, and make the town more visitor- and pedestrian-friendly. Other suggested improvements include traffic calming, courthouse renovations, downtown beautification, adding sidewalks, preservation of historic buildings, and placing an emphasis on Maynardville’s deep history of country music, including playing music by locals Roy Acuff and Chet Atkins downtown during the daytime. Community input also showed a strong desire to prevent the development of large-scale commercial and industrial buildings.
Strengthen our existing cities and towns
This plan for downtown Maynardville explores the town’s unique, existing assets and provides for future opportunities. It is built upon the City’s small-town charm and unique character. The team studied the impact of Maynardville Highway on the downtown and made recommendations on how to get traffic to flow into town instead of bypassing it. Some suggested improvements include slowing traffic to 35 mph from Church Street to Academy Avenue, adding landscaped medians with “Welcome to Maynardville” signage, adding new traffic lights, adding historic street lights, and adding commercial developments that face the street with parking in the back. The plan also recommends that Broad Street be extended from Monroe to Church Street using an existing easement. This will help with traffic flow, develop a continuous grid of street, and add areas for future development and greenway connections.
Redevelop vacant and underutilized land
The existing Union County Courthouse contains courtrooms and the Union County Jail. The building’s rigid and imposing nature does not blend well with the character of downtown. This plan suggests relocating the jail, which has outgrown its space, and using the building as either office space or for civic functions such as a library or senior center. Simple renovations such as additional glazing and landscaping around the building can help it blend with its surroundings. A clock tower is proposed at the back of the courthouse. The design and location will help beautify the area and could tie into the history of the town as the cradle of country music.
Enable housing diversity within existing neighborhoods
On Main Street and Academy there are a number of single-family homes, many of which have historic value. With the addition of new, single-family housing on several currently undeveloped sites, this historic character can be preserved while providing for future growth. The new homes will be of similar scale and design with sidewalks to the front and driveways in the back.
Encourage physical activity
With improvements like the extension and enhancement of existing sidewalks, residents of Maynardville can be connected across the downtown area to various shops, restaurants, and community activities without relying on motor vehicles. Main Street, also known as Thunder Road, could be redeveloped in this area to help reduce traffic speeds and thus make it more pedestrian-friendly. This, along with a newly proposed park, greenway loop, and additional streetscaping, helps to emphasize the developing character of downtown while also promoting healthy lifestyles. At Broad Street there is an open green space for sale that is recommended to be purchased by the city to develop a new public park with a pavilion. The park will have walking paths and landscaping. The added amenities would make it an ideal central location for a future farmers market.