From the Sewanee Mountain Messenger 5/31/2019
The past month has again been a very productive month for the Village Project.
Each of the five priority projects has made progress this past month and are inching closer to being completed by 2022, just 3 years away! Leading the parade has been the New Bookstore. Site work is in progress and the pouring of the slab will happen soon. Once the slab is ready, then actual construction will begin. Sarah Boykin, The University’s Director of Planning Design and Construction gave an informative update on the project and it was reported on in the Messenger - page 1 of the May 10th edition. As an aside, when this construction begins then you will see that my commitment to not trimming my beard will have been fulfilled and I will return to my short neatly kept facial growth. Hooray!!!
The next project that has generated some momentum is the mixed-use food market and apartment building on the corner of Lake O’Donnell Road and 41-A. BP Construction, our development partner, has costed out the construction and is now working on identifying the costs associated with the preparation of the site. Once the total costs are identified, they will be able to set rental rates and then recruit tenants for the spaces. When 60% of the tenant space has commitments to rent, then they will begin construction.
The road project, that includes the narrowing of 41-A between Kennerly Road and Kentucky Avenue continues to be in the design phase with the Tennessee Department of Transportation. As soon as the design is finalized then a construction schedule will be developed.
Both the housing and Village Green projects are awaiting more analysis to determine the appropriate next steps.
Another related project is the creation of about 200 feet of new road on the south side of the Sewanee Market. This road will connect 41-A and Lake O’Donnell and be one of the 4 borders of the Green. We are in discussions with Franklin County about creating this new road.
I want to take a minute to mention some new businesses in Sewanee that have opened their doors over the past several months. They include: Fine Arts at the Mountain located at 91 University Avenue, Compassionate Home Care and Medical Staffing located at 125 University Avenue and Roots Hair Salon at 12565 Sollace Freeman Highway. Check them out and offer them a BIG welcome to Sewanee!
The next Sewanee Village Update meeting will be held on Tuesday June 4th at 10 am CT at the Blue Chair. The featured topic for this meeting will be a discussion on the selection of specific items being considered to brighten up the Village funded by the donations generated from the Tiger Tuesday effort. We hope to choose some items soon and demonstrate that there is momentum for the project. With any luck we will also be broadcasting the meeting on Facebook Live. Just tune into the Sewanee Village Project on Facebook. But we also would like to have you there if you can make it.
Also, save the date for the July 4th Village Project open house from 12-2 on the porch of the Blue House located at 400 University Avenue. This is the 3rd time that this event has been held so that you can stop by and check out the details of the Sewanee Village Project.
Frank X. Gladu is a Special Assistant to the Vice-Chancellor and project Manager for the Sewanee Village Development. He can be reached at email@example.com or 931-598-3397. More information about the Sewanee Village Project can be obtained at the web site: www.sewanee.edu/village and the Facebook page: “Sewanee Village Project” and on Instagram at the “Sewanee Village Project”