Brookview Town Centre is an exciting new upscale retail and office environment, with an accompanying luxury hotel, right in the heart of the affluent Bearden neighborhood in Knoxville, Tennessee.
June 2, 2010 12:45 PM
Author: Josh Flory
Louise Frazier (formerly Louise Fogarty), of Blue Ridge Realty, passed along word that two new tenants have moved into the fifth floor of Brookview Town Centre, the newish office building between Papermill and Kingston Pike.
Anderson Management Services, Inc. took 8,000 SF, while TrustFirst, Inc. took 2,650 SF. According to Frazier, Anderson was represented by Bill Bullock, of Knox Office Realty, and TrustFirst was represented by Kathleen Archer, of Keller Williams.
Frazier said the building is now 62 percent occupied.
March 3, 2009
Author: Josh Flory
A few months back, Blue Ridge Realty president Louise Fogarty mentioned a tenant who might take a big chunk of space in Brookview Town Centre.
Now the deal is apparently done. An executive with TeamHealth said today that the clinical outsourcing firm is headed to Brookview -- they'll probably move in the first quarter of 2010 -- and is looking at approximately 58,000 square feet of space.
Marketing VP Tracy Young said the firm will leave its headquarters on Winston Road. Some employees will move to Brookview from two other local sites, although some TeamHealth employees will remain at those two offices.
June 28, 2006Author: Roger Harris, email@example.com
Work has started on Brookview Town Centre, a $50 million mixed-use development planned for a high-profile site in Bearden.Crews have started clearing trees and moving dirt on the west side of the triangular-shaped, 12-acre construction site, which lies between Northshore Drive and Weisgarber Road, north of Kingston Pike and south of Interstate 40-75.
Blue Ridge Development had hoped to start site preparation a few weeks earlier, but as is often the case, development schedules are a moving target -- weather, financing and other issues can slow the best of plans.
"We've been anxious to clear that site. It's hard to see that there's 12 acres back there, but now you can start to see what's there," Blue Ridge principal Dan Barnett said.
A construction schedule will be set as soon as bonds are established, which could happen as early as this week, Barnett said.
Current plans show a 190,000-square-foot office building, 517-space parking garage, hotel and 80,000 square feet of space intended for high-end retail and restaurants.
The office building will be built first since it will take the longest to complete -- about 18 months.
The hotel, which will take about a year to complete, would be the second building started.
The developers have seen considerable pre-leasing interest from potential users.
"We've been focused on the office since that will be the first thing built, but we also have retail prospects and hotel prospects," Barnett said.
Knoxville based R.M. Moore Real Estate Co. is handling the office leasing for the project.
Another high-profile Blue Ridge development also is under way. Grading has started on the The Bluffs at CrossPointe, a luxury condominium project off Highway 66 overlooking the French Broad River in Sevierville.
More than 30 units have been pre-sold, Barnett said. Condo prices listed on www.thebluffsat crosspointe.com range from $343,640 to $465,559. The project design is being tweaked and prices could change, Barnett said.
The condos will be built on a bluff just behind New Hope Church. Blue Ridge and the church purchased the former Lee Greenwood Theater and about 57 acres of surrounding land for about $13.5 million last year.
The church turned the former theater into a sanctuary.
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has awarded Knoxville's Community Development Corp. "high performer" status for 2005. HUD's Public Housing Assessment System measures the performance of public housing agencies such as KCDC.
The Knoxville agency was deemed a "high performer" based on the condition of its properties, satisfaction ratings by residents and the agency's streamlined management and financial stability, according to a statement from Alvin Nance, KCDC president and CEO.
Business writer Roger Harris' Property Watch column appears on Wednesday. He may be reached at 865-342-6342 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
August 24, 2005
Developers draw community comment into project's design
Author: MARTI DAVIS, email@example.com
A $50 million office, hotel and shopping development is being planned for a 12 1/2-acre site at the foot of Bearden Hill, with developers hoping they can break ground in December or January.
Dan Barnett and Gary Drinnen of Blue Ridge Development have acquired a large parcel of vacant properties and have purchased or have contracts on more than a dozen homes that now occupy part of the site on Brookview Lane.
The roughly triangular, tree-covered area is bordered by Weisgarber Road on the west, Northshore Drive on the east, TGIF restaurant on the south and Landmark Center on the north. Brookview Lane, a residential street, is included in the site.
Several years ago, Bearden community groups effectively defeated plans for a Home Depot on part of the same site. Blue Ridge Development has avoided community opposition to date by meeting frequently with community leaders in the Bearden area.
"From the get-go we designed trying to take as many if not all of their concerns into account. One of the things we've done is we're putting the buildings on the perimeter and putting the parking in the center," Barnett said.
Paul Parris, president of the Westwood Homeowners Association, said the developers also have agreed to leave as many trees as possible and create attractive facades that would not be jarring to the community.
Barnett explained that the company is planning to use brick and stone exteriors that fit in with a residential area.
One of Westwood's major concerns has centered on the traffic flow leading into and out of the development. Most of the curb cuts or driveways leading into and out of the development will be on Weisgarber, Barnett said. He explained that the Tennessee Department of Transportation already has plans to widen the small bridge on Weisgarber near Papermill as well as to straighten out a sharp curve and add sidewalks.
The development will likely have only one curb cut or entrance on Northshore Drive, between TGI Fridays and Landmark Center. Barnett said the Northshore entrance would almost certainly be busy enough to require a traffic light.
"We're, to a large extent, deferring to the neighborhood about where that would be. They have some legitimate concerns there," he said.
Over more than a decade, Westwood has tried various methods to cut down on motorists using their neighborhood as a shortcut to avoid traffic on Northshore and Kingston Pike. The improvements to Interstates 40-75 call for a median on Northshore to prevent motorists from using Westover Drive to access the interstate, but the median would not extend far enough south to prevent entrance or exit from the proposed Blue Ridge development from Northshore, Parris said.
To deter motorists, the neighborhood is talking with the city about possibly moving the entrance to Woodburn Drive south from its current location.
"That's just pie-in-the-sky talk right now," Parris added.
In addition to Westwood, the developers also have met with the Bearden Council, headed by Forest Heights resident Terry Faulkner. Faulkner praised the developers for taking a proactive approach and seeking input from neighborhood residents before going to the Metropolitan Planning Commission and other government agencies for the necessary approvals. Barnett said Blue Ridge Development is working with Knoxville Greenway Coordinator Donna Young to include extension of the greenway system through the site.
Barnett said his company hopes to begin site preparation on a six- to seven-story office building and adjacent parking deck by December or January. They are planned for the northwest corner of the site, as far from existing neighborhoods as possible. The parking deck will be "tucked in" between ridges so that it cannot be seen by area residents. In the meantime, Steve Shuler of Atlanta based Shuler Development is seeking a mid-scale chain to build a five-story hotel on the site.
"We want something that's on the level of a Hilton Gardens Suites," Barnett said. He added that Bob Talbott, the president of Holrob Properties, and executives at Pilot Oil have indicated the need for a nice hotel to serve business travelers.
The final piece of the project will be a retail shopping and dining area that will serve both the local community and those who work in the office tower and stay at the hotel.
"We're looking for a sort of Buckhead feel in Knoxville," he said, referring to the popular hotel, office and shopping district in midtown Atlanta. Bearden, he said, has the closest feel of any Knoxville community.
The Lewis Group, a local architectural design firm, is planning the development in cooperation with Wilbur Smith Consulting on traffic issues. Merit Construction has signed on to build the project, Barnett said. Some of the site is zoned for residential use while other parts are zoned commercial. The developers have not yet scheduled a rezoning request with the Metropolitan Planning Commission.
Marti Davis may be reached at 865-584-5234.