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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.