About this Project
This project envisions the redevelopment of downtown Loudon’s Hutch Manufacturing site, and the re-use of the historic buildings on that site for a mix of residential and civic uses. The plan calls for the construction of a new City Hall, the renovation of a parking lot for a farmers market, and the additional of a public waterfront park and greenway, all within a walkable environment. Single-family housing and townhomes with a view of the river are proposed for the site as well.
Hutch Manufacturing Company, which shut its doors in January of 2012, is located along the Tennessee River in downtown Loudon. The main building on the 11-plus-acre site is a 1948 red brick structure that served as the Bacon Creamery, and the two older buildings were the Bacon Hosiery Mill properties from the 1920s. The old water tank on the site is a city landmark. The Loudon Economic Development Agency saw the potential of the site due to its proximity to downtown Loudon and the Tennessee River and is interested in developing a new use for the site that would enhance the surrounding community. In 2012 the project was chosen to become a PlanET Demonstration Project.
Redevelop vacant and underutilized land
This plan for the Hutch site seeks to improve an otherwise blighted area into a strong community. A new City Hall is proposed to replace the existing creamery building on the site. This location was selected due to its connection to the town and visibility from the Mulberry Street/Highway 11 Bridge. Hackberry Street becomes a boulevard in front of the City Hall which will help slow traffic and beautify the area. The existing water tower, already a landmark for the city, will be cleaned and painted with the new Loudon logo. The existing Hutch saw-tooth-roof building will be renovated to house a new community center, public library, and restaurant.
Invest in local food infrastructure
The parking lot on the south side of the property below the Mulberry Street Bridge will be renovated to accommodate a future farmers market. The existing bridge will provide protection from the elements for shoppers and vendors. There is a Hutch support building in this area that is intended to host a variety of uses; proposed uses include public meeting space, a theater, and additional market stalls.
Create opportunities to live closer to work
The Hosiery buildings are to be preserved and rehabilitated to become live/work units. There is potential for 43 residential units to be developed with work spaces that can be accessed on the public level. The residences and live/work units will create more linkages downtown and allow residents and visitors to walk to existing shops, restaurants, and community activities. Close proximities between residences and work reduce long work commutes. The buildings will be taken back to their 1920s composition and later additions will be removed. This will allow for the creation of a new public plaza and stronger connection and views of the river. The remaining portions of the site would be developed as traditional single family homes, attached single family homes, and townhouses with views of the river. They will all have adjacent parking and be serviced by alleys.
Create more walking and bicycling opportunities
This plan calls for adding landscaping, improving existing sidewalks and clearly defining crosswalks to create a more pedestrian- and bicycle-friendly environment.