Public workshop to be held for redevelopment

Feb. 26, 2013 @ 12:20 AM

The Gatlinburg City Commission will hold a public workshop 5 p.m. today in City Hall’s City Council Room to discuss concepts for the redevelopment of the north end of the city near the Spur.

Representatives from Tennessee Strategies, a Knoxville-based marketing and developing company hired by the city for the North End Redevelopment Study, presented several redevelopment concepts to the commission during a Feb. 4 workshop.

At the end of the meeting, city officials and Tennessee Strategies representatives agreed that the next step would be to gather public input.

“We’re going to give the same presentation but we’ve invited stakeholders from that area to get their comments,” said Mike Arms, senior partner with Tennessee Strategies. “We’re going to have comment cards and get their comments as part of the next step of reaching out and seeing what the community thinks about this.”

Mayor Mike Werner said he would like to see at least 25-35 stakeholders, landowners and businesspeople at the follow-up workshop.

“We want them to tell us what they would like to do, what direction they would want to go, maybe some of them join together and get a bigger picture of the future of their properties,” Werner said. “We’re doing something, we’re moving in that direction, because it’s so important. That end out town really needs a good shot in the arm. We just can’t give up.”